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Damontre Moore was a potential top-10 pick in March, but after putting up just 12 reps on the bench press at the combine and looking just average in agility drills, he’s dropped down the board considerably. Matt Miller still has him ranked 35th overall and resisted the urge to drop him lower just because of a poor combine performance.
Moore had excellent production in college, but he lacks the explosiveness to be an elite pass-rusher at the NFL level and struggles to bend around the corner. Part of the reason Moore was productive is because he has 34.75-inch arms and used his hands well to shed blockers and keep them from engaging.
Lownes' scouting report primarily cites Moore's lack of athleticism as the reason he's no longer considered an elite prospect:
While he looks the part at 6’4.5", 250 pounds with very long, 34.75” arms, Moore is a relatively average athlete. He looks faster on tape than his 4.95 40 time would indicate, but he lacks the explosiveness and fluidity of some of his peers.
Despite average athleticism, Moore has impressive instincts and awareness with a good motor, according to Lownes. Despite some positives, Lownes is leery that his pass-rushing prowess will translate to the NFL.
Moore also has trouble anchoring versus the run and his pad level can get too high. Since Moore is an effort player, that sometimes works against him in the run game and offenses try to take advantage of him charging upfield.
Lownes' report is mixed on Moore's ability against the run:
Though I am satisfied with his overall effort level, he too often stands straight up out of his stance and has trouble anchoring at the point of attack. This is particularly detrimental when teams run at him, as he too easily loses contain and winds up turned around. Additionally, he can be found guilty of being too aggressive at times, taking himself out of position to make a play.
Moore struggles to anchor at the point of attack. On this play, being blocked by Alabama OT D.J. Fluker, he loses contain.
Having said that, I am generally impressed by Moore’s level of comfort in space. He appears fairly natural and flashes good recognition skills. For his size, he exhibits outstanding range, playing the run less like a defensive end and more like a linebacker.
It appears a switch to 3-4 outside linebacker might help hide some of Moore's flaws, which is something Lownes also concluded in his report. For a team willing to gamble on his motor and instincts, there's more than enough positives for him to turn into a solid starter in the NFL.
Overall, Moore is the seventh-best defensive-end prospect in the 2013 NFL draft class.
Drafted: Oakland Raiders, Round 3, Pick 4