Position: Defensive back
College: Southern Mississippi
Selection: Third round (No. 95 overall)
Scouting report: Moore was named honorable mention All-Conference USA in 2017 after recording a team-leading 87 tackles, three for loss, three interceptions and 10 pass breakups. He has a rare combination of speed and length. He ran 4.32-seconds in the 40-yard dash twice at his pro day.
Projected role: Moore should be an immediate impact player on special teams while the team tries to find his niche on defense. The 49ers are going to play him at cornerback. If he has a difficult time in that new spot, his ability to play center field could place him into the competition to start at free safety. At worst, he should suit up as a backup.
“We talked about playing corner some, so I can definitely see myself making the transition to corner or that nickel position. I think I’m definitely versatile enough that I can play a lot of positions in the secondary, so where they need me, I’ll be happy to go play” – Tarvarius Moore.
“He played safety at Southern Miss. We think has an opportunity to play some corner for us. We’re going to check that out. We know he can play safety” -- 49ers GM John Lynch.
“I know the scouts and our DB’s coach, Jeff Hafley, they were very high on this guy pretty early. When there’s a guy who wasn’t invited to the combine, you think you have a sleeper. And then the guy runs a 4.32 at his pro day, and all of a sudden, he’s not so much of a sleeper” – 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.
“You have to be able to run to play corner in this league. He can flat-out run. He’s got the length and all of that. We know he can play safety, we’re going to give it a go (at cornerback). It always helps the flexibility to help shape a roster, and so we’re going to play him out there. I’ll tell you that if you’re going to play safety, the best thing you can do is go play corner. We think he has some skills we think can translate (to cornerback), but it certainly is a projection” – Lynch.