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UCLA safety Rahim Moore wasn’t sure if he had a meeting with the Ravens scheduled for this weekend, but if he did end up in Baltimore, he believes it would be like a dream come true.
The top-rated prospect at his position by many draft analysts, Moore said he was mentored by Ravens safety Ed Reed throughout his productive 2010 campaign.
“For me to be able to play with Ed, it would be like going to heaven. Really, it would,” Moore said Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I know he’s the best safety, in my eyes, of all time. So, if I want to be mentioned and taught under a guy like that, I want to soak up as much information as I can.
“I’m going to be a sponge.”
Moore explained that his secondary coach at UCLA – which is headed by former Ravens Offensive Coordinator Rick Neuheisel – met Reed at one training camp and set the two up.
From there, Reed mentored the two-time All-Pac 10 prospect.
“He heard about me, and I’m pretty sure I heard about him,” Moore said with a laugh. “I got a chance to talk to him. You know what? That’s one of the smartest men I’ve ever met. Out of a 45-minute conversation, I learned so much. When I first got on the phone with him, I almost started crying.
“I respect what he does, the hard work and dedication, and the things he do on the field and off the field, I resemble. That’s a good guy to look up to. He’s what you call a pro – not only on the football field but off the field.”
Moore was making plays even before he began a dialogue with Reed.
In 2009, he led the nation with 10 interceptions. He totaled 77 tackles and only one interception last year, but he said teams avoided him.
For the Ravens, the safety position might be one they want to address. Reed has hinted at retirement in the past, although he is expected to play next season. Fellow starter Dawan Landry could be an unrestricted free agent.
Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura round out the Ravens’ safety depth.
Regardless of whether he joins that group, Moore is keeping Reed’s words close to heart.
“He pretty much told me, ‘Let the game come to me, read your keys and go out there and play football. He said never let the game get too big than what it is. It’s only football, we’ve been playing this a long time, since we were kids. Football is football,’” Moore explained.