Briley Moore is a versatile TE who Chicago Bears could use
Briley Moore had a strong career as a tight end at Northern Iowa before an injury ended his senior season early. Moore was able to graduate transfer to Kansas State for his 2020 season where he put up 22 receptions for 338 yards, and three touchdowns in seven games. While the season was not quite was he expected, he was able to show how he looked in a step up in competition.
After finishing his Pro Day recently, the Chicago Bears have had a chance to see what he could bring to the table. Is this a player they could be interested in, and how would he fit?
Where Briley Moore can succeed in the NFL
Moore has a lot of experience as a receiver from his time at Northern Iowa and it shows. He has a knack for finding openings over the middle of the field. Beyond that, he has a plethora of catches in traffic. Take a look at the touchdown below. He snags a tough ball over the middle despite the safety coming in for a hit.
Moore also can work with the ball in his hands after the catch and does a good job at finding ways to get into open space.
While he is more experienced as a pass-catcher, one of the best aspects of his play is his versatility. To start, he lines up anywhere from the slot, to in-line, or even flexed into an h-back role. From there, he is a high effort blocker, who works hard to maintain his block throughout the rep.
Questions for Briley Moore transition to the NFL
Moore works hard as a blocker, but at times can bounce off bigger players. He tends to lose the leverage battle at times and can find himself on the ground. Moore also is a bit choppy in his movement. He never quite reaches top gear and is not the most dynamic tight end.
Moore is a player who does a little bit of everything but does not have a trump card, or overwhelming quality in many areas.
NFL comparison for Briley Moore
The Pro Day was more important for a player such as Moore, who is looking to prove himself. Fortunately for Moore, we are writing about him today because he showed enough in his Pro Day workout to check NFL boxes.
Below are his physical measurements.
Based off those measurements we can find a list of players in the NFL who have a similar physical profile, and see how Moore would relate.
Names that highlight the list include Gerald Everett, Lance Kendricks, Bryce Hopkins, Josiah Deguara, and Dante Rosario.
Hopkins and Deguara are third and fourth-round picks from last year and Moore is a bit of a combination of the two. His versatility matches Deguara, but he is a bit more of a mover and blocker in the tier of Hopkins.
Everett is the upside, mainly if he can show that contested catch ability as a receiver. Kendricks also may be a great comparison as a player who can flex out to h-back, but his not an overwhelming talent at tight end.
Dante Rosario was also a fifth-round pick who served as a depth tight end for most of his career and even spent two seasons with the Chicago Bears. As a blocker, and versatile depth target, Dante Rosario may be the best NFL comparison for Briley Moore.
How does Briley Moore fit with the Chicago Bears?
The Chicago Bears drafted Cole Kmet and signed Jimmy Graham last offseason. They should cut Graham but seem to be keeping him to chase Russell Wilson. Nonetheless, with a head coach in Matt Nagy, a third tight end has always been needed.
Briley Moore is also the perfect match. He is a versatile tight end who can line up in the backfield and flare out as a receiver. He can bring enough as a blocker that he can lead the way from the backfield, and with Cole Kmet and Jimmy Graham, they can throw and run out of three tight end looks.
A third tight end is not going to go high, but that is the type of player you are expecting with the profile that Briley Moore brings to the NFL. On Day Three, he could be a great addition as a complimentary piece who adds enough versatility to be worth his pick.