D.J. Moore is not going to help the Bears at safety.
But he might help the Bears pretty soon.
The Vanderbilt cornerback came off the board in the fourth round at No. 119 overall as the Bears stayed true to their goal of remaining true to their draft value.
"We're going to take guys as they are on the board,'' college scouting director Greg Gabriel said when asked why the team has gotten this far without addressing its need at free safety. "We're not going to drop down in value to take a position of need when there is a better rated player there. If there is the right player there at the right time, we'll pull the trigger."
There are concerns about Moore's size--he's under 5-9--but he was a regular playmaker at Vanderbilt and made 12 interceptions over the last two seasons to go with 17 pass breakups. He was projected as a good fit for teams that use the cover two scheme and he could challenge quickly at right cornerback where Nathan Vasher and Corey Graham are.
Moore has good hands, good ball skills and no shortage of confidence.
"I felt I was the best cornerback in the draft,'' he said
Moore made the decision to leave school a year early but said he did so because he didn't know what one more fall at Vanderbilt was going to do for him.
"I felt I was ready to go,'' he said. "I was in the best cornerback in the best conference playing against the best players. I didn't think I was going to get too much better.''
Even though size is a concern, Moore proved to be durable appearing in 37 games and making 34 starts over three seasons. He's also a dangerous punt returner and was used on offense from time to time by the Commodores.
No, Moore cannot help at safety but he could help on defense and do so soon.
The Bears have two picks here in the fourth round and will be on the clock at No. 140 after one more pick. Their next selection will be at No. 154. Look for a safety in one of these two picks.