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Unpacking Future Packers: No. 39 Trevon Moehrig

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Next up in the Unpacking a Future Packers countdown is Trevon Moehrig. The TCU defensive back checks in at number 39 in the countdown

With Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage Jr in place, the Green Bay Packers don’t have a dire need for safety help via the NFL Draft. However, the depth behind those two is a huge question mark, Packers’ fans are still having nightmares about Will Redmond. 

Last year’s seventh-round pick, Vernon Scott showed some potential in limited reps his rookie season. The former TCU Horned Frog displayed that he could provide quality depth at the safety position moving forward. 

A former teammate of Scott’s could be a potential target for the Packers with the 29th pick in the upcoming draft as they look to add more versatility and playmaking ability to the secondary. That former teammate is safety Trevon Moehrig

Moehrig came to TCU as a four-star recruit. As a freshman in 2018, Moehrig was named TCU’s Special Teams Most Valuable Player. He finished that season with one tackle for loss and one interception. 

“The plan was to redshirt him as a freshman, but injuries forced him into action in all 12 games,” Melissa Triebwasser, the managing editor for Frogs O’ War said. “He held his own with 16 tackles, 2 passes pass breakups and an interception.”

Moehrig enjoyed a breakout season for TCU in 2019. He recorded 62 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, and 11 pass deflections. 

“He added 18 pounds to his frame ahead of his sophomore season and it paid off, as he immediately looked bigger and stronger and was more impactful,” Triebwasser said. “He burst onto the scene at Purdue with a highlight reel interception, and his second year would make him a national name. Playing next to Washington, and with first-round draft pick Jeff Gladney on the outside, Moehrig locked down the middle of the field becoming PFF’s highest-graded coverage safety in the process.”

Moehrig entered the 2020 season as Dane Brugler’s top ranked safety. He lived up to the billing, recording 47 tackles, two tackles for loss, two interceptions, and nine pass deflections. 

“I’m not sure there is a safety in college football who covered more ground last season than Moehrig (pronounced MAIR-ig). In coverage, he smoothly unlocks his hips to quickly transition, using his long strides to accelerate with deep patterns. Along with his field range, Moehrig is always ball searching, showing a knack for disrupting the catch point.”

Moehrig recorded his two interceptions in the last five games this past season. According to Pro Football Focus, Moehrig gave up one touchdown and allowed a passer rating of 51.7 when he was targeted this past season.

“Moehrig started a little slowly in 2020,” Triebwasser said. “But, he started to look like his old self at Baylor, breaking up multiple passes in big moments in the second half to help TCU secure the win, and made game-saving plays in just about every game the rest of the way. His one handed pick in the end zone in a critical fourth quarter moment against Oklahoma State was emblematic of the player he was for three years at TCU — he always seemed to make the right play and he had a knack for making the big play when his team needed it most.”

The first thing that you notice when watching Moehrig is his range. He is a bonafide center fielder. 

Moehrig flies all over the field, giving the quarterback a small window to throw into. He uses his length and physicality to make life difficult for receivers at the catch point.

Moehrig has loose hips and moves with ease in coverage. He covers a lot of ground in the backend. He has the speed to run stride for stride to stay on top of routes in coverage.

“He’s such a smart player,” Triebwasser said. “He seems to always be in the place where he has a chance to make the biggest impact, and he’s a real ball hawk. He plays with fearlessness and aggressiveness that works in his favor, and while he can occasionally whiff on a tackle while going for a big hit, the vast majority of the time, he makes the plays he is supposed to make. He’s a really solid, fundamentally sound player that has the athleticism to make the highlight reel play, too, meaning that he’s the guy that gets it done every snap and occasionally gets some extra credit.”

Moehrig played wide receiver in high school and it’s evident with the way he plays the ball in the air. He has natural ball skills and attacks it at the highest point. He plays above the rim and has a “my ball” mentality when the ball is in the air. Moehrig shows good route recognition and does a great job of breaking on the ball. 

A team can never have enough playmakers in the secondary that possess plus ball skills. Moehrig might have the best ball skills in this class. Moehrig finished his career with seven interceptions and 21 pass deflections.

“I think this is where Trevon really shines the most,” Triebwasser said. “He can change the game so quickly for his team by making a big play with his hands, whether it’s a timely pass breakup on third down or a game saving interception. He did both last season.

A wide receiver in high school, Moehrig has great hands and is a really impressive athlete. He closes quickly on the ball, and that, coupled with his ability to anticipate, put him in the right spot at the right time. 

I go back to the Baylor game this year — Baylor was really, really bad (TCU fans love saying that), and the Frogs — who weren’t great at that point — jumped out to a 30-0 lead, but the Bears started to claw (I’m sorry) their way back in the second half. Moehrig made a couple of big spots, forced some incompletions with big hits, and got a PBU on 4th down with Baylor driving and the Bears down just 10. It was the defensive play of the game, and it started a streak of five wins in their final six games. He’s a momentum shifter for sure.”

Moehrig is a rangy, centerfield type safety. He also has the versatility to drop down near the line of scrimmage and man the slot, covering tight ends and wide receivers. He’s so smooth in his backpedal and if he gets beat off the line of scrimmage he has the recovery speed to get back into the play.

 

He’s a 4.6 guy, so he can run with most of the tight ends in today’s NFL, and at 6’2″, 200+ he can body them up, too,” Triebwasser said. “He’s been prone to occasionally losing a running back on a wheel route. One thing he does really well, though, is recover. I can’t tell you how many times Tre looked beat on a play only to get back to the ball and force an incompletion or a PBU. He was a two way player in high school and was a very good wide receiver, so he certainly understands the route tree, something that helps him anticipate. I think he’s going to be a great coverage guy. 

If choosing between his ball-hawking and his tackling, I would give a slight edge to the former, and as such, think he’s better suited to play center field. Turn him loose over the middle and let him make reads, and that’s how he will best make plays at the next level.”

Moehrig comes downhill in a blur against the run. He’s quick to read and react. His length gives him a huge tackle radius and he packs a punch as a tackler. 

Moehrig does need to clean up his tackling inconsistencies. According to PFF, he’s missed 19 tackles during his three-year collegiate career. He was credited with nine missed tackles in 2019 and six this past season. It’s an area of his game that he has shown marked improvement to make one believe it won’t be an issue at the next level with some coaching up. 

“I think it’s the area that he’s improved the most on over the last three years and the area that he can still tighten up a bit, but yes, that added dimension to his game makes him even more valuable,” Triebwasser said. “Early on, he wasn’t a great tackler, but he could always knock the snot out of somebody, and adding the ability to wrap up and make the simple play has been one of the places he has most matured.

I really do think he is the complete package, something that’s necessary to be a successful safety in the NFL. He can cover a variety of potential receivers, he isn’t afraid of contact in run support, and he tends to have a great feel for where the ball is going.”

Moehrig is the complete package. There is a reason why he’s regarded as the best safety in this class and viewed as a first-round prospect.  

He’s a rangy safety with plus ball skills. He led all safeties in pass breakups the past two seasons and added six interceptions during that span. 

He has the quickness and versatility to line up as a nickel cornerback and he has the strength and size to hold up near the line of scrimmage against the run. That strength landed him on Bruce Feldman’s annual “Freaks” list prior to the 2020 season. 

“At 6-2, 208, Moehrig is a super strong DB, bench pressing 400 pounds, squatting 600 and power cleaning 420. He also vertical jumps 38 inches.”

Moehrig did everything but serve the popcorn during his time at TCU. He did it all for TCU. He played safety. He lined up in the slot. He was an asset against the run. He was a game-changer. 

Moehrig even has experience returning punts (two punt returns). He was a special teams ace as a freshman. That versatility is going to make him a highly sought-after commodity in the upcoming draft. 

“This kid is truly special,” Triebwasser said. “A first-class human, Trevon has proven to be one of the hardest workers under one of the toughest coaches in college football, a young man who has consistently put in the time to develop at a high level and become the best version of himself. He has an incredible attitude, is a natural leader, and will do so much for his new community.

I think he’s a versatile prospect on the field, a guy who can thrive in a variety of systems and has the IQ to understand defensive schemes at a high level. He’s going to be a really good player at worst and could potentially be elite — a game changer who can flip momentum on the field in a hurry. Moehrig will be a pro’s pro, on and off the field.”

Fit with the Packers

With Jaire Alexander, Amos, and Savage the Packers have a budding, young secondary. Now it’s up to Packers’ general manager, Brian Gutekunst to add around that foundation. 

Moehrig is the best safety in this class and could be a darkhorse option for the Packers with the 29th pick.

With his versatility and playmaking ability, it would allow new defensive coordinator, Joe Barry to be creative with the way he deploys Savage and Amos.

Barry said in his introductory press conference that a team can never have enough potential nickel cornerbacks. Moehrig fits the bill. He predominantly lined up in the slot during his time at TCU. According to PFF, Moehrig lined up in the slot on 683 snaps over the past two seasons.

“If I have a need in the secondary and a late first-round or early second round pick, he’s my guy,” Triebwasser said. “There are a lot of talented players at the safety position available, but Moehrig fits the mold, has the skills, and is going to fit seamlessly into a locker room, and he’s the kind of player that can contribute from day one. He would be my guy.”

The Packers found out the hard way that in the NFC Championship game that a team can never have enough capable defensive backs. Gutekunst could opt to add to the secondary by selecting the best safety in the class with the 29th pick. 

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