Today, we look at a more traditional pass rushing prospect in Damontre Moore. Unlike Bjoern Werner, Moore is a right end, capable of playing some rush backer depending on which team drafts him. Let’s take a closer look at what he’d bring to a team.
DE/OLB Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
Moore is a very versatile player. He was a “joker” at Texas A&M for his first two years, a pass-rushing, playmaking position that was created for Von Miller in his time with the Aggies. This season, Moore has played primarily at defensive end, where’s he’s shown a knack not only for getting to the quarterback, but also playing the run. Moore led the team in tackles, sacks, tackles for a loss, hurries and blocked kicks in 2012. He also is good in coverage.
Moore is a playmaker. He creates a lot of turnovers, forcing 8 fumbles in his time at A&M, but he’s a likely Top 5 pick because of his talents as a pass rusher. He doesn’t have elite speed, but he can bull rush, speed rush, and even stutter step and use his spin move to get to the QB. Furthermore, he sets up offensive tackles for plays later in the game. He’s smart, and easily the most polished pass rusher in the 2013 NFL Draft. He is a bit of a straight line guy though, as he’s lacking in his footwork. Further, he needs to work on his pad level and balance.
With his great closing speed and his instincts, Moore has proven a revelation against the run. He will not give up on plays. Like many prospects in this draft, his long arms are a strength. But he also has very strong hands. In a league where many of the elite pass rushers also have otherworldly athleticism, Moore may not look like a franchise pass rusher. But with an arsenal of pass rushing moves beyond his years, I think he’ll have success getting to the quarterback. Couple that with his very strong play against the run, and Moore is a player any team would be happy to welcome.