Moats Set to Visit NFL Teams

By: Damon Dillman Email
By: Damon Dillman Email

Former James Madison defensive end Arthur Moats will be on the move as the NFL Draft approaches.

Moats said Tuesday morning that he's scheduled to visit with three NFL franchises - the Bills, Eagles, and 49ers - over the next two weeks.

"You know how in (college) football they bring you in for official visits?" he asked Tuesday. "That's kind of what this is."

Moats said he'll fly to Buffalo next Monday, then Philadelphia that Thursday. His trip to San Francisco is scheduled for April 13.

Moats is hoping to become the first JMU player drafted since running back Curtis Keaton in 2000.

Last month, Moats and offensive lineman Dorian Brooks became the first JMU players since Keaton to participate in the league's scouting combine. Moats finished among the top defensive linemen in the 40-yard dash (4.66 seconds), 20-yard shuttle (4.37 seconds), and vertical jump (36.5 inches).

Moats also drew a crowd of almost two dozen scouts for JMU's annual pro timing day earlier this month, and had individual workouts on campus with the Bengals, Jaguars, and Patriots in recent weeks.

Moats won the Buck Buchanan award - given to the best FCS defensive player in the country - and CAA defensive player of the year as a senior at JMU. His 90 tackles were the most among all I-AA defensive linemen, as were his 23.5 tackles for a loss.

Listed at 6-0, 246 pounds, Moats is expected to move to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme in the NFL. Moats has said it's a transition he's comfortable with, since he played the same position at Churchland High School before coming to JMU.

The three-day NFL Draft begins April 22.


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