Whenever a player who everyone expected to go high in the draft, especially tops at their position slides the way Trevon Moehrig did, people start asking why. Moehrig’s tumble was stopped at No. 43 when the Raiders traded up for him, and the moment it did, reports said it was a back issue that affected his pro day workout that was the reason.
Either the poor workout or the fear the injury could be serious seems to have scared a few teams enough to not make Moehrig the pick. But from the sounds of it, their loss could be the Raiders’ gain.
“I’m ready to go. I’m 100% back, no problem,” Moehrig said of his back issue. “It was just something small way back then. It’s cleared my mind, so I’m ready to get going 100%.”
Moehrig seemed to be in good spirits about his mini-draft slide, even seeming to say that he didn’t think the back issue was the problem. He went on to say he even knew yesterday that he wasn’t going to be selected in the first round.
“I believed that that was going to happen yesterday,” Moehrig said of slipping into the second round. “But I didn’t let it make me…it’s a blessing just to be here and get this opportunity to play for the Raiders. Slipping into the second is not a big deal. I’m excited, I’m blessed.”
It would seem things worked out for Moehrig as well as the Raiders. He is expected to step in pretty much immediately at free safety in Gus Bradley’s defense.