Damontre Moore – Defensive end/Outside linebacker
Height: 6’4 | Weight: 250 pounds | Texas A&M | Junior
Strengths: Moore is a very good athlete who can be a solid pass rushing threat at either the defensive end position in a 4-3 defense or the stand up outside linebacker position in a 3-4 defensive system. He has quick hands and good foot quickness to defeat the offensive tackle coming off the edges. He has very good playing strength to stack at the point of attack and uses good leverage to hold his ground against runs at him. He reads and reacts quickly to running plays and is an above average tackler that wraps up the ball carrier and brings him down most of the time. He can shoot the gaps in between the tackle and guards inside to blow up running plays in the backfield. He has long arms, good speed, athleticism, and the playing strength to make tackles out in space. Despite lacking elite explosiveness and burst to turn the corner, he has good enough foot quickness and speed to beat the offensive tackle and then pressure the quarterback.
Weaknesses: Moore lacks the ideal bulk to be an every down defensive end and sometimes does not explode off the ball consistently to make up for his lack of size. When he plays a little bit upright, at times when rushing the quarterback, he can be eliminated from the play by the offensive tackle because of a lack of balance and leverage. He does not have elite closing burst when chasing the quarterback or ball carrier from behind. He struggles to disengage from blocks sometimes when his initial pass rush moves is stopped by the offensive tackle.
Final Thoughts: Moore is a very gifted athlete who may transition better as a outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive system rather than a traditional defensive end. His ability to stack at the point of attack against the run while also providing edge pressure as a pass rusher would be an ideal fit as a stand up outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. He has played the position at Texas A&M and had some success early in his career posting 40 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and forced three fumbles in his freshman season. He had a tremendous 2012 season statistically playing the defensive end position racking up 80 tackles, 12.5 sacks, and 20 tackles for a loss playing in the Southeastern Conference. The 80 overall tackles and 20 tackles for a loss was very impressive to me. It shows he is very solid pursuing the run and has a knack for getting into the backfield and making plays. Moore is definitely a solid first round prospect and if he gets into the right system he could be a consistent playmaker.