Kapron Lewis-Moore Scouting Report: NFL Outlook for Notre Dame Defensive End
Sixth Round: 200th Pick
Kapron Lewis-Moore didn’t receive nearly as much attention because of the other stars on the Notre Dame defense. However, he’s an effective player who’s capable of making a ton of game-changing plays. A late-season injury will impact his overall draft stock, but he’ll prove to be a major steal for someone.
This is a player who projects as a long-term starter and someone who’ll constantly fly under the radar.
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Tools Height: 6’4” Weight: 298 pounds Arm Length: 33 5/8” 40 time: NA Injured
Notre Dame knew that they would always get 100 percent effort from Lewis-Moore. This is a player who’s constantly in pursuit of the football. As shown in the below image, he also worked tirelessly to fight through double teams.
Lewis-Moore’s ideal fit is as a five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 system. In this alignment, he’ll be able to play to his strength as a run stuffer. However, he also features the skill set to fit other defensive systems.
His combination of power and quickness means he could play either the three-technique or nose tackle positions in a 4-3 attack. This is a real versatile player with the potential to fit just about anywhere.
Teams looking to add Lewis-Moore to the mix shouldn’t expect a stud pass-rusher. His value is more tied to the balance in his game. However, Lewis-Moore’s non-stop motor and quickness give him some upside as a pass-rusher.
The clip below displays Lewis-Moore’s ability to beat the offensive line off the snap, use his hands to keep clean and generate pressure on the quarterback.
Lewis-Moore is also an intelligent player and will get his hands in the passing lane if he’s unable to get to the quarterback. The image below is an example of how a hand in the face of a quarterback can be distracting:
Against the Run
This is the strongest part of Lewis-Moore’s game. He does a great job keeping his pads down, using inside hand placement and quickly disengaging from the offensive lineman. The clip below shows Lewis-Moore gaining inside hands and using a good arm extension to keep clean.
The ability to keep clean allows Lewis-Moore to locate the football and make plays away from his frame.
Lewis-Moore possesses the awareness to quickly locate the football and pursue. He plays with enough balance to follow the ball down the line of scrimmage while staying upright. His quick short-area burst helps him make plays away from his frame.
Good upper body strength and arm extension are two of the keys to Lewis-Moore’s ability to hold at the point of attack. Those two traits enhance his play by combining with his commitment to gaining inside hand placement.
Once engaged, Lewis-Moore has the power to Velcro to the blocker and quickly disengage as the ball carrier approaches.
Lewis-Moore is a versatile defender capable of fitting multiple systems at the next level. However, his skill set is best suited to play the five-technique spot in a 3-4 attack.
Draft Projection: Fifth Round
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