Riley Moss, Iowa, 2023 NFL Draft

Riley Moss 2023 NFL Draft


This 2023 NFL Draft scouting report on Riley Moss is from Justin Caballero of Digging in the Trenches. Check the tags and links under this draft profile to see more prospects. New content coming to Dolphins Thirsty on a regular basis so keep checking back!


2023 NFL Draft: Riley Moss, CB, Iowa


Riley Moss, Iowa, NFL Draft

Rating scale: 1 Poor 10 Elite COD: Change of direction


Simply put Caballero loves to watch Riley Moss play football. A tall lanky cornerback that plays a physical brand of football. He has very good speed for a CB of his height.

Moss can run laterally almost as fast as his straight-line speed as he can stop and go on a dime. Fluid and quick change of direction movements. Good burst of speed in a short area or long distance. Can get the motor revved up fast as he tracks down the ball or the person with the ball. Caballero said, “Riley caught my eyes a couple of seasons ago while looking at film of other prospects.”

This CB out of Iowa is a playmaker when he hits the field. He had 11 career interceptions, Moss returned 3 of them for touchdowns. His ball-tracking skills are excellent. But, he also excels in the tackling department. “Riley runs like a fast DB but hits with the power of linebacker,” said Caballero.

High football IQ to go along with good instincts on the gridiron. Gets the job with a special combination of skills. Seems to study film to discover the tendencies of his opponent. Moss always seems to be around the action on the field. His height and leaping ability make it a difficult task for a WR to beat him on 50/50 balls. Can bait quarterbacks into throwing passes that should not be thrown in his area. Plays physically at the line of scrimmage as he is able to jam receivers to get them off their timing.


By the Numbers


Defense & Fumbles Table
Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
*2018 Iowa Big Ten FR DB 7 20 4 24 0.0 0.0 2 36 18.0 0 3 0 0
*2019 Iowa Big Ten SO DB 4 5 0 5 1.0 0.0 2 7 3.5 0 3 0 0
2020 Iowa Big Ten JR DB 8 33 10 43 0.0 0.0 2 111 55.5 1 4 0 0
*2021 Iowa Big Ten SR DB 11 34 5 39 3.0 0.0 4 85 21.3 2 5 1 0
*2022 Iowa Big Ten SR DB 13 31 16 47 1.0 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 11 0 0 0 2
Career Iowa 123 35 158 5.0 0.0 11 239 21.7 3 26 1 0 0 2
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 3/4/2023.

The Prospect Sheet


Riley Moss attended Ankeny Centennial High School in Ankeny, Iowa. He was not highly recruited coming out of college. Originally, committed to North Dakota State. However, he later changed his mind and enrolled at Iowa. (Source:

A participant in the NFL Scouting Combine. Ran well at the combine (4.45 Forty). His stock was greatly improved.


Draft projection: 2nd to 4th round


Overall, Caballero says that Riley Moss is a great football player that does everything above average. Caballero knows he ranks Moss higher than most other scouting sites but he feels strongly about his game. “Riley can become one of the best players from this draft when all is said and done.”


Strengths: Riley Moss, CB/DB, Iowa


  1. Size
  2. Speed
  3. Instincts
  4. Football IQ
  5. Tackling
  6. Ball hawking skills


Areas for Improvement/Concern


  1. Some missed tackles when trying to make the “big hit”
  2. Will need to work on some man-to-man drills



Caballero’s unedited notes while scouting


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2023 NFL Draft scouting report on Riley Moss


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