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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Briley Moore, TE, Kansas State University

Briley Moore Kansas State Tight End 2021 NFL Draft Interview
Briley Moore is a hard-nosed all-around TE that has the ability to make an immediate impact in the NFL. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Briley Moore
  • Height: 6’4”
  • Weight: 240
  • Position: TE
  • College: Kansas State University
  • Twitter: @Briley_moore22
  • Instagram: brileymoore



Pro Day Results:
40yd: 4.64
Vertical: 37 1/2
Broad Jump: 10’3″
Short Shuttle: 4.37
3-Cone: 7.24

Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at the University of Northern Iowa. I participated in an internship while I was there at a crossfit gym called CrossFit Kilo. While I was there, I helped out around the gym as well as classes. I was there to see how they run their gym because I hope to open one up some day.

As I was finishing my time up at UNI, I was taking classes towards getting a Master’s in Public Health, but as I completed my undergraduate degree and transferred to Kansas State, I changed my Master’s to Academic Advising.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
They would say that I’m very personable and approachable. I’ve been able to get to know many people and occasionally provide help or advice. I’m comfortable communicating with people of all walks of life no matter what their background.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
My goal going into my rookie season is to make the 53-man roster. I want to get on the field and be a contributor in any way I can even if it is on special teams.

One aspect of my game that scouts wanted to see before my transfer to Kansas State was my run blocking ability. I feel that I’ve put together some good tape to show that I can be either a solid run blocker or a pass catching TE depending on what the offense asks me to do. I’ve showcased that I can compete at the Power 5 Big Ten level.

I’m an all-around TE who can be used in many ways. I can be a run blocker in gap, man and zone schemes. I’ve played as an in-line blocker, H-back or off-the-ball TE or even a fullback. I can be used as a receiver being a flex-TE out wide or in the slot.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have 2 of the best DEs in college to practice against. Elerson Smith was a fantastic edge rusher at UNI. He has great size with long arms. He’s put on a lot of muscle over the years. He’s got a great quick twitch that has helped me develop my anticipation. Coming to KSU, I was able to have a great teammate in Wyatt Hubert. He was the one to help welcome me to the Big 12 as we competed in our one-on-one blocking drills. He is so versatile and can beat you in many ways. He has a high motor and is usually the best player on the field. Both Elerson and Wyatt have high ceilings, and I can’t wait to see what they do at the next level.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
Spencer Brown came in with me at UNI as a TE. He was a gigantic 6’8” skinny kid that we knew was going to be a future offensive lineman. He put on a bunch of weight and turned into a tank. What’s even more impressive is that he kept his athleticism. He made my job easy. Spencer is also a great dude that you want to have in your corner.

There have been a lot of good players that I’ve made friends with during my time at KSU. We have a couple energetic linebackers in Justin Hughes and Elijah Sullivan. AJ Parker is a very athletic guy that you need to know about. He killed his pro day. Harry Trotter is a very hard-working tailback and good friend. He’s one of the first guys that welcomed me and one of my best KSU friends. A guy to look out for next year is Sammy Wheeler. He is coming into himself making strides and should be a head turner in years to come.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
My injury in 2019 had to come at the worst time. I began that year with NFL aspirations being named a Preseason All-American and listed on the Senior Bowl Watch List. Our first game of the season was a hard-fought game against Iowa State. I had caught a screen pass in the open field and I lowered my shoulder against 2 Iowa State players to gain as much yardage as I could. In the process of cracking and ripping my shoulder pads, I also ended up fracturing 2 bones in my shoulder.

That was one of the hardest things I had to go through, but honestly there was a lot of good that came out of it. If it hadn’t been for my injury, I would not have transferred to Kansas State. I met a lot of great people that have shaped me into a better person and player. I always wanted to play in the Big 12, and I was able to hand Oklahoma a loss. It just goes to show that God’s timing is much more calculated than ours. I had more to prove and experienced growth despite my injury.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
Basketball. I won the State Championship as a junior in high school. We had a very competitive team. I ended up breaking the school record for rebounds in a game and season

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
I am most proud of being a father. My one-year-old boy means the world to me. He’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

I was named to the 2020 All-Big 12 Second Team. I had already mentioned being named to the Senior Bowl Watch List and being named Preseason All-American. Those are some of my biggest accomplishments in football.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
North Dakota State is a powerhouse at the FCS level and always a huge rival for us. We were at home against them in 2018 when I had one of my best games. On the first drive of the game, it was a 3rd down play and I caught a pass and started running all the way down the field. I remember running for my life and when I turned around no one was even close. We started out that game really strong and the crowd went crazy. I know we ultimately lost that game, but that was one of the most exciting plays of my career. It was a surreal moment that I’ll never forget.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
Travis Kelce is one of my favorite players. He’s been playing at a high level for several years. I love his body control and his feel for zones. George Kittle is another player that I like to watch. He is a great all-around tight end who emphasizes on being a solid run blocker. I love the way he finishes his blocks. He also knows how to make people miss with the ball in his hands

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
Drake is my favorite music artist. His song “Pop Star” is a song I have to listen to during pre-game with Skyler Thompson.

What is your favorite comfort food?
Any of my Mom’s home cooking. Whatever she cooks is my comfort food. Her chicken and rice come to mind.

Do you have a favorite movie, TV show or actor?
Will Smith is my favorite actor. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air is my favorite TV show. Bad Boys is one of my favorite movies.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
I enjoy being outdoors with my family. I also like to read. My favorite book is called the Alchemist.

Why do you play football? Who or what motivates you the most?
I play because I love the game. I love every bit of it, the ups and the downs. I’m motivated by my inner circle, my family. My fiancée and son are my biggest motivators. I want my son to be proud of me. I also want to set him up for a good future.

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