WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Former Virginia offensive tackles Morgan Moses, who was widely predicted to be selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, described Monday the phone call he received from Jay Gruden when he was finally drafted in the third round by the Washington Redskins.
Moses, a three-year starter at U.Va., sat and watched as nine offensive tackles were drafted ahead of him in the first and second rounds on Thursday and Friday nights.
The emotion of waiting to be drafted was belabored by the long hours he’d been putting in in the weeks leading up to the draft, he explained, as he was flying back and forth between Atlanta, Georgia, to prepare himself physically, and Charlottesville to attend class so he’d graduate on time.
“Like my peers, I was still in school through the whole process,” he said. “So I was working out and training in Atlanta, flying back to be in class for school and stuff like that, so graduating, this upcoming Sunday actually, was a must for me. So through the whole process I was in school.”
Describing when he finally got the call:
“But when I got that phone call, coach Gruden picked up the phone and I said ‘Hello, who is this?’
He said ‘This is Coach Gruden.’ He said ‘You’ve been waiting for this phone call for awhile, haven’t you?’
And I said ‘Yes sir.'”
“So it’s definitely great to hear his voice and see that number cross the screen, and being able to get drafted by the Washington Redskins,” Moses said.
Currently, Moses is waiting to receive feedback from a professor on a 20-page paper he wrote on the topic of Anthropology. He went on to describe that although he was likely drafted to play right tackle for the Redskins, he’s played both bookend positions in college and is confident he could in the NFL as well.
“I feel like I did the right things,” Moses said in proving to NFL scouts he can keep weight off. “So it just happened that I fell to the third round.”
“Now I’ve got a chip on my shoulder; I’ve got to prove myself.”
Listen to the full interview in the audio clip above.