Shortly after 8 a.m., Monday, Morgan Moses stepped into the McCue Center weight room covered up in a black hooded sweatshirt and baggy sweatpants.
Signature beard and all, this was the look of the same Morgan Moses who started four years on the Virginia offensive line.
But underneath all that cotton, a new character had developed.
“Moses 2.0,” he said.
Off with the hoodie and the sweats, the first round hopeful had a noticeably different figure.
The scale confirmed it.
“Moses,” yelled an NFL scout, “311.”
Monday was Pro Timing Day at UVa and Moses was the main attraction.
If you could recognize him.
“Tim’s like, ‘Bro, I’ve never seen you this small. What happened?,” Moses said, referring to Tim Smith, one of five former Cavaliers who participated in a variety of drills and workouts under the watchful eye of scouts from 26 NFL teams.
Moses, when stripped down to dri-fit attire, weighed in at 311 pounds. Just a month ago, he was 314 at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Just four months ago, he was in the 330-335 range while wrapping up his Virginia career.
Advantages to being Moses 2.0? Publishing a faster 40-yard dash time.
Moses, who was clocked at 5.35 seconds in Indy, unofficially hovered in the 4.9-5.06-second range Monday.
In the process, he pulled a hamstring, taking him out of all other field drills.
“It’s disappointing, but I got nine or 10 private workouts already set up,” Moses said. “I’ve had the opportunity to be at the Combine and do the same thing. So teams know what I can do. They know I can move. I’m making improvements.
“So it’s a little sad not to be able to go out there and show the Moses 2.0, but at the same time, God always has his reasons.”
In the weight room, Moses had his vertical jump measured at 26 inches, an improvement of nearly five inches from the Combine. His broad jump was 8 feet, 11 inches. At the Combine, he went 8-8.
“First rounder,” said Luke Bowanko, Moses’ former Cavalier teammate, when asked to play Mel Kiper and predict Moses’ selection in May’s NFL Draft. “Smart money’s on the first round. Something clicked this season and Mo played the most consistent, dominant football of his career.
“He’s a hard-working kid. He gets banged up. I think he pulled a hamstring today, but he’s probably running like a 4.6 [sic], so you got to keep that in mind.
“He’s a hard-working kid, smart kid and he’s going to work his [butt] off for you. I’d take him top 10, top 15. That’s my pro analysis.”
Because of a strained pectoral muscle, Moses didn’t participate in the 225-pound bench press event at the Combine. He refrained again Monday.
This week, Moses will visit with the Carolina Panthers to continue a whirlwind of an offseason that’s already included trips to the Senior Bowl, Combine, Atlanta for training and Charlottesville to finish his anthropology degree.
“Sometimes I got to sit myself down and realize the bigger picture,” Moses said. “And the bigger picture is a lot of people don’t get this opportunity to come out here and run around in front of 32 teams and get a shot for your dream.
“So just being able to come out here and compete on a level like this and on a stage like this is wonderful. It’s a blessing.”
Tim Smith always carried the deep threat reputation during his career at UVa. Monday, the 5-10, 200-pound receiver tried his best to give NFL teams the same scouting report.
Smith, who trained at Performance Enhancement Professionals in North Scottsdale, Ariz., for two months, was a blur in the 40.
“When I was in Arizona, we had a couple mock Combines,” Smith said. “The first one, they had me at a 4.45. The second one, they had me at a 4.38. I felt like I ran around the 4.3 number today.”
Smith also had a 39-inch vertical and 10-5 broad jump.
Round 2 for Jones
Perry Jones returned for his second straight Pro Day.
The running back was last seen in a UVa uniform in 2012. He wasn’t drafted, but did spend some camp time with the Baltimore Ravens before being released.
“I had an OK Pro Day last year,” Jones said, “but I felt like I definitely could come out here and do better this year, which I did in most, if not all categories.
“So we’ll just see what happens from here.”
Jones, who spent last season as a coach for Albemarle High School, had 22 reps on the bench and had a vertical of 38 inches. His 40 was unofficially in the 4.6-4.7 range.
Defensive lineman Brent Urban, still sidelined by a high ankle sprain, was present Monday, but did not participate. ... Moses, Bowanko, Smith and Jones were joined by Jake Snyder in the drills. ... Bowanko led the crew with 26 bench reps. Snyder had 24.