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On Point: Kiper, Moses, Urban, UVa QBs

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Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:49 pm

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Four topics/names written in this blog's headline. What do they all have in common?

Together, they generated blog-worthy buzz for this Wednesday in late April.

Fifteen days remain until the first round of the NFL Draft. Former Virginia offensive tackle Morgan Moses is one of 30 prospects selected to attend the festivities in New York's Radio City Music Hall. 

How long will the, at last measured, 6-foot-6, 311-pounder remain in the green room?

I asked ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper for his breakdown during a Wednesday teleconference with reporters:

"Moses, I think when you look at him, it’s the bend. You got to bend. You got to be able, as a left tackle, handle those quick guys. You’re going to get some undersized defensive ends. He’ll have trouble in that area.

"As a right tackle, he’s probably a lesser problem. But, still, he’s going to have to bend more and his pass protection’s going to have to improve.

“He did make strides. I give him credit. He improved a lot as the season went along. He had some games where he looked like a first round pick. That’s why he’s projected to be a pick between 23 and 32. Some think higher than that, I don’t.

Todd McShay, at ESPN here, we had him on today and Todd has him as like a top 15 [pick] guy. I think he’s a top 32 guy. He’s a little higher on Moses.

“Hey, after that top group of offensive tackles, there’s a drop-off. He’s one that I think is going to get the strongest look in the later portion of round one.”

The other former Wahoo of intrigue come Draft time is defensive tackle Brent Urban, a pass-swatting 6-foot-7 menace for opposing quarterbacks.

Consider Kiper a fan of the Canadian:

“Brent Urban, to me, is a 3-4 defensive end. Coming in as a late day two, early day three pick (third-fourth round). He’s got value. That’s what you want. The guy will hold up against the run, handle the double teams, bat down passes. He’ll be in those throwing lanes for the quarterback.

“So Urban has value. He’s a perfect 3-4 defensive end.”

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Eleven days have passed since UVa's spring game. We are four months from Virginia's opener against UCLA.

Wednesday, as part of the ACC's post-spring teleconference, Cavalier coach Mike London updated the position battle on everybody's mind.

And by update, I mean London gave us an update of when he'll update the quarterback depth chart. 


Here's the London quote:

"We will have, like I've done in the past, a post-spring depth chart coming out in the next week or so. Right now I'm having exit interviews with every player.  Before I do anything with depth charts, I'm talking to every player about the expectation of classroom, behavior, summing up the evaluation of spring. As we do that, then we'll move forward as they go into exams and then into the summer, getting ready for the season."

The signal callers in competition are Greyson Lambert, David Watford and Matt Johns

London on Lambert: "It was good to see that Greyson Lambert did a nice job. He did a nice job in commanding the offense."

London on Watford: "David Watford did a nice job as well doing some of the things he has to do in order to improve his opportunities to be out in front."

London on Johns: "Matt Johns, although he held for us last year, extra points, field goals, there were some elements of what he did during the course of the spring that were surprising but at the same time very pleasant because of his development.   

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