NFL draft 2022 profile: Jeremiah Moon hoping to hear name called in late rounds

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A strong combine performance should have Jeremiah Moon on a few boards when the 2022 NFL draft finally begins, and the explosive linebacker is hoping to hear his name called after spending six years at the University of Florida.

Moon turned heads with a 40.5-inch vertical jump and a broad jump that exceeded 11 feet in Indianapolis. Simply put, linebackers don’t get much more explosive than that and it’s the kind of talent teams are likely to take a chance on in the late rounds of the draft. There’s still plenty to develop from a non-physical standpoint but the tools are there.

It hasn’t always been easy for Moon at Florida. He dealt with injury in three of his six seasons as a Gator and changed positions frequently. In 2021, he stepped into a starting inside linebacker role for the Gators after the team lost Ventrell Miller. He logged a career-high in tackles and forced a fumble against Georgia.

Moon’s chances of being drafted are up in the air, but he should sign as an undrafted free agent if things don’t go his way over the weekend. The 2022 NFL draft kicks off Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT, but Gator Nation will want to tune back in on Saturday at noon to possibly hear Moon’s name called.

Demographics

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 249 pounds

Hometown: Hoover, Alabama

High School: Hoover High School

Recruiting Rankings (per 247Sports)

247Sports Composite Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

National Rank: No. 307 in the class of 2016

State Rank: No. 8 player in Alabama

Position Rank: No. 20 at outside linebacker

Career Stats

Year

G

Solo

Ast

Tot

TFL

Sk

INT

PD

FF

FR

TD

2021

10

20

29

49

3.5

2

0

1

1

0

0

2020

4

4

10

14

1.5

1

0

0

0

0

0

2019

9

19

12

31

6.5

3

0

2

0

1

0

2018

13

8

23

31

1.5

1.5

0

1

0

1

1

2017

10

9

14

23

1

0.5

0

0

0

0

0

2016

2

0

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

NOTES: Moon’s 2016, 2019 and 2020 seasons came to an end early due to injuries, but he made 30 starts across six seasons of action as a Gator.

NFL Scouting Combine/Pro Day results

40-yard dash: 4.76 seconds

Bench press: N/A

Vertical jump: 40.5 inches

Broad jump: 133 inches

3-cone drill: 7.09 seconds

20-yard shuttle run: 4.55 seconds

60-yard shuttle run: N/A

Draft Projection:

NFL.com gave Moon a prospect grade of 5.80 which translates to an “average backup or special-teamer” in the league. Some experts see him as an undrafted free agent and others have him as high as a sixth-round pick. Day 3 appears to be Moon’s best shot at hearing his name called.

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