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Browns could find Southern Miss magic again in Tarvarius Moore

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Former Southern Miss. free safety Tarvarius Moore said he will visit the Cleveland Browns in the weeks leading up to the NFL draft.

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Former Southern Miss. free safety Tarvarius Moore said he will visit the Cleveland Browns in the weeks leading up to the NFL draft. Additionally, he indicated he’ll also visit with the Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, and Houston Texans.

Moore, who did not receive an NFL combine invitation, disclosed that fact while standing tall following his outstanding pro day performance on March 29. The 6-foot-1, 199-pound safety recorded a blazing 4.32 40-yard dash, a 6.5-second three cone, 39.5-inch vertical jump, and an 11-foot, 1-inch broad jump.

Moore didn’t go completely unnoticed while playing at Southern, either. Pro Football Focus named him a 2017 All American safety alongside former Florida State safety Derwin James. And at least one NFL draft expert believes Moore’s testing results and abilities on the field makes him a possible early-round selection in this year’s draft. Lance Zierlein at NFL.com sees a late riser in Moore:

Moore finished his collegiate career with his best performance, totaling 87 tackles, three interceptions, and 10 passes defensed.

Where might he fit with the Browns, a team that has completely overhauled its secondary? It’s likelier than not that new general manager John Dorsey is going to continue to make his mark on the team’s weakest unit. He may have addressed the group already, but he’ll do himself a lot of future favors if he picks up Moore, another fast, big and smart player who defensive coordinator Gregg Williams can mold and deploy at multiple positions.

While not many have scoured Southern Mississippi’s game tape, Moore is hardly a sleeper prospect, and the Browns are clearly on top of things and ahead of the game this time. If Moore checks enough of their boxes and the Browns pick him, he’ll join a short list of Southern Mississippi players drafted by the team.

Notable Southern players who have played for the Browns include cornerback Hanford Dixon, linebacker Jamie Collins, and receiver Michael Jackson. Other than quarterback Brett Favre, Dixon, drafted No. 22 overall by Cleveland in 1981, is arguably the best player ever drafted out of Southern Miss.

Maybe in Moore the Browns will find that Southern Miss. magic a second time.