Prospect: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&MDamontre Moore

Height: 6’4½”

Weight: 250 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Impressive burst to close in the open field with more than adequate speed
  • Fluid hips to sink them and lower his pads or dip around the corner as a speed rusher, flexible athlete
  • Nimble footwork in space, can backpeddle in coverage and work laterally
  • Phenomenal athlete with combination of size, speed, and strength who can affect the game in a number of ways

Intelligence/Effort:

  • High motor player who loves to pursue the ball and gets to it at a high rate
  • Aggressive, attacking-style defender whose read and react skills are a work in progress
  • Struggles with misdirection plays, will abandon gap discipline to try and make plays in the backfield
  • Has experience in 3-4 and 4-3 schemes and is very positionally diverse
  • Was arrested for marijuana possession in summer of 2011

Pass Rush:

  • At his best when combining his size/strength with his speed as a pass rusher, handful when utilizing combination moves
  • Lacks creativity or a variety of pass rush moves as a whole, overly reliant on athleticism and motor at this point in his career
  • Shows a knack for picking up on snaps counts and effectively timing snaps
  • Fails to break down in space and misses plays too often, not only as a pass rusher
  • Has some natural movement ability in space when dropping into coverage, clean footwork

Run Support:

  • Sheds very effectively with strong hands, allowing him to chase down ball carriers
  • Always wants to shoot gaps and make plays in the backfield, does so successfully quite often
  • Lack of discipline gets him in trouble occasionally, likes to jump inside which makes him easy to down block
  • Occasionally drops his eyes against run and fails to pick up the ball
  • Ability to anchor a run block comes and goes with his pad level, has plenty of lower body strength for it
  • Struggles to set a definite edge when playing from an inside position, does so much more effectively with more space to work with

Technique:

  • Very strong upper body with hands to shed blocks against the run and create functional space as a pass rusher
  • Pad level as a whole is inconsistent, when he drops his pads properly it allows him to use his natural power more effectively
  • Only one season as a down lineman where hand usage is magnified, his technique follows suit

Overall:

Damontre Moore seems to be a consensus top ten pick among draft pundits, and that’s for good reason.  Moore racked up 12.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss as a junior for the Aggies, a steady improvement from his 8.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore and 5.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss as a freshman.  Physically he’s the whole package, with size, strength, and speed.  He dominated many games simply by proving to be too much athletically for opposing offenses.  Moore combines those tools with a never-ending motor that sees him chase down the ball at a very high rate.  If his technique catches up to his natural ability, we’ll be looking at one of the best pass rushers in the game.  That’s what makes his value so high, as well as the fact that he fits into any number of defensive schemes.  I believe he’s best served as a 3-4 rush linebacker.  He also has similarly high value in a wide 9 scheme.  Either way, his best skills show up with more space to work with to make use of his athletic ability.  There’s no reason to believe that Moore won’t put up 10+ sacks in his first year in the league.  He’ll have the instant impact that many teams desperately need from their pass rush as well as a high potential down the road.  Damontre Moore is worth every penny as a top five draft pick this year.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Damontre Moore Scouting Report

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