Middlebury

Moores Invited To Atlanta Falcons Rookie Camp

April 29, 2013

Ryan Moores, an All-NESCAC performer as well as a D3Football.com first-team All-American  will travel to Atlanta later this week for a three-day rookie mini-camp try-out with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League.  The event will feature all the Falcons’ 2013 draft picks and selected college free agents as the players will compete for a spot on Atlanta’s pre-season roster.

Moores, one of the captains of the record-setting 7-1 Middlebury football team, is a three-time All-NESCAC pick as an offensive lineman. He was a second team All-East pick by D3football.com in 2011 before earning first-team All-East and All-American nods this past season. Moores spearheaded an offensive line that allowed the team to rewrite NESCAC and school records for passing. Although Moores didn’t run with or catch the ball, he along with his linemates, shored up the trenches, leading the nation in fewest tackles for losses allowed (2.63/game), as the unit allowed five sacks in over 400 passing attempts.

The 6-6, 315 pound player stood out from his teammates and opponents in the NESCAC, but in the NFL, he is considered the ideal size. “I will definitely no longer be the biggest guy in the room,” remarked Moores a day after his Atlanta decision. “Several NFL scouts met me over the past year and must have liked what they saw.”

Numerous teams across the NFL contacted Moores, his agent and his coaches at Middlebury over the past several months to learn about Middlebury’s big man on campus. The teams requested game films and after their evaluations, followed up with phone calls if they were interested in the senior from Manchester, Massachusetts.

“I was realistic,” said Moores. “Most of the feedback I heard was I would be invited to an NFL rookie camp, but not be selected during the NFL draft.” Right when the draft ended, Moore’s agent started receiving calls from interested teams; he ended up selecting the Falcons. “Everyone involved believed Atlanta provided me with the best opportunity to compete for a spot on the pre-season roster.”

Moores, who heads to Atlanta on Friday, May 3rd for his three-day camp with the Falcons, is the third Middlebury College football player since 2008 to be invited to an NFL camp. Kevin Ryan and Steve Hauschka, both ‘07 classmates, suited up for NFL rookie camps.

In 2007 Ryan, who led the nation in sacks per game in his senior campaign, went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ rookie camp, but did not make the final roster. The following season Hauschka, a placekicker, signed with the Minnesota Vikings. Hauschka has remained as a kicker in the NFL, entering his sixth season after re-signing with the Seattle Seahawks earlier this month.