Our second 2013 NFL Draft prospect profile will look at defensive end Damontre Moore, another Texas A&M Aggie who is a top five player on my big board. Right now, Moore projects as a top five pick and is unlikely to be available for the New York Giants, but if there is anything I've learned from running a draft site is never say never especially this early in the process.
The book on Moore
Moore is an insanely productive player for the Aggies who followed up a very good 2011 (72 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, and 8.5 sacks) with a terrific 2012 (85 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, and 12.5 sacks). Moore has a non-stop motor and constantly makes tackles down the field. Moore is a lanky defender who could add some weight to his frame to play defensive end in a 43 (right now he's listed at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds). Moore has played both outside linebacker and defensive end for the Aggies. Moore plays with good flexibility and leverage when he's pass rushing.
He's a very good, but not great athlete, Ezekial Ansah of BYU is a better athlete than Moore, as is Barkevious Mingo of LSU. He does not explode off the snap consistently and will have to continue to improve his pass rushing moves. To play defensive end will need to get stronger.
Compared to: John Abraham (CBS Sports)
For me I think if you're taking him in the top 10 you're hoping he is Aldon Smith, similar, size length and active hands. The combine will give us an indication if he has the same speed. I'm not sure he's quite the same athlete, he does not come with the same injury concern Smith had (broken leg) and has been consistently more productive.
Does He Fit With The Giants?
I imagine Moore will measure with the kind of length that is a requisite to play defensive end for the Giants, but he will need to add size to play defensive end consistently. He's also likely to be selected before the Giants pick, but could be available depending on how the next few months go.
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Big Board Rankings (as of Jan. 11th, 2012)
CBS Sports - 4th
National Football Post - 50th (no explanation -- will add when that scouting report becomes available)
Right now Moore looks like a top 10 pick. The thing Moore will have to show teams is that he either has enough athleticism to stand up as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL and be able to drop into coverage when it's required, or that he can add some more strength to his frame to play down in at 4-3 right defensive end consistently. I'm also personally interested to see how strong he is on his bench. Moore's stock is high right now and as long as he show's he is a very good, but not elite athlete should be a lock for the first round.
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