Kapron Lewis-Moore: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Notre Dame DT
In a deeper defensive tackle class than we've seen in years, it's easy to get caught in the four or five first-round talents and forget about the late-round prospects who can be diamonds in the rough.
One example this year is Notre Dame's Kapron Lewis-Moore. He was outshined by Louis Nix, but he's a decent prospect himself.
Here are five things you need to know about him.
Full Name: Kapron Lewis-Moore
Birthday: Jan. 24,1990
Hometown: Weatherford, Texas
High School: Weatherford High School
Lewis-Moore took a fifth year of eligibility after redshirting in his freshman year, electing to pursue post-graduate studies after earning a degree in marketing from Notre Dame's business school.
2009: 12 games, 46 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, seven quarterback hurries
2010: 13 games, 62 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, five quarterback hurries
2011: seven games, 32 tackles, four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one quarterback hurry
2012: 13 games, 40 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, nine quarterback hurries
Lewis-Moore is a surprisingly effective pass-rusher for a player his size. His pass rush seemed to improve consistently over time, while he remained a steady tackler (though that job fell mostly to Louis Nix).
His rare combination of pass rush technique and size ought to garner him plenty of NFL interest.
Weight: 298 lbs
Arm Length: 33 5/8"
Hand Size: 10"
Combine Results*: N/A
Pro Day Results*: N/A
*Lewis-Moore was unable to work out at the scouting combine or at Notre Dame's team pro day because of an ACL tear he sustained in the BCS National Championship Game.
Hopefully for Lewis-Moore, his good tape and solid measurables will keep him on NFL big boards, since that's all teams will have to go by.
Lewis-Moore is listed as a defensive tackle, but he played the 3-4 defensive end position in college. Notre Dame is one of those few NCAA programs to run a base 3-4 defense.
Because of this, Lewis-Moore will have a leg up over other players who project as a 3-4 defensive end at the next level since he's played the position before.
However, if he were to be drafted by a 4-3 NFL team, he could still be used as an under tackle who generates an interior pass rush. That would be more of a specialist role, but as a likely late-round pick, Lewis-Moore is fortunate that he fits into a rare niche role.
Lewis-Moore unfortunately has a bit of a history with injury. He tore his MCL in 2011, which made him miss almost half a season, then tore his ACL at the end of 2012.
That is what hurts his draft stock more than anything. Were this his first injury, or if were able to recover early enough to show teams that he still has the speed and quickness that an interior pass-rusher needs, he could have been an early-to-mid-round selection.
As it stands right now, with a questionable knee and no postseason, Lewis-Moore will be lucky to be drafted, since he'll be unlikely to contribute until year two.
Of course, if he does come back at 100 percent, any team that picks him up in the late rounds or in undrafted free agency will be getting itself a steal.