Tarvarius Moore selected in third round by 49ers
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Former Southern Miss defensive back Tarvarius Moore was drafted in the third round (95th overall) by the San Francisco 49ers on Friday night.
Moore, a native of Quitman, Miss., is the first Golden Eagle draft pick since Mike Thomas (sixth round) and Kalan Reed (seventh) both went in 2016. He is the highest Southern Miss draft pick since Khyri Thornton was the 85th overall pick (third round) by the Green Bay Packers in 2014. Moore will also join former Golden Eagle teammate and quarterback Nick Mullens on the 49er roster.
Moore started all 13 games for the Golden Eagles and led the squad in tackles with 87 (59 solos), which ranked No. 23 in C-USA, and was later named a Pro Football Focus First-Team All-American. He also collected Conference USA honorable mention honors, posting three interceptions for 54 yards, nine pass breakups and a fumble recovery against Kentucky (9/2). Moore tied for No. 6 in the league in passes defended, and one of his interceptions came in overtime at LA Tech, while his others came against Southern (9/9) and Marshall (11/25).
He registered his lone forced fumble in the last contest of the season at Marshall (11/25) and saved his best collegiate game for last as he registered a career-best 14 tackles versus Florida State in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl. Moore also notched 11 stops versus UTSA (10/7), while adding 10 against Louisiana Tech (10/28) and nine versus Rice (11/11), overall producing seven or more stops in six games during the year.
Moore spent his first two seasons at Pearl River CC.
The fourth-through-seventh rounds will begin Saturday at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN and the WatchESPN app.