Damontre Moore was drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New York Giants with the hopes that he would become their next dominant pass-rushing defensive end. As we continue our player-by-player breakdown of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp later this month let's look at what sort of impact Moore might be able to have as a rookie.
2012 Season In Review
Moore was a consensus All-American after a dominant season at Texas A&M, where he compiled 85 tackles (21 for loss) and 12.5 sacks. He finished three seasons at Texas A&M with 26.5 sacks in 38 games.
How quickly Moore, who turns 21 in September, receives significant playing time or makes a real impact is anyone's guess. With Jason Pierre-Paul recovering from back surgery and questions about the potential impact of Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka, however, there is an opportunity for Moore. At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds it is unlikely Moore can be an every-down player who can hold up vs. the run at this point, but the Giants will hope that their youngest player develops quickly enough to make an impact as a pass rusher.
To help you set expectations, here are some quick rookie numbers on Giants' defensive ends:
- Jason Pierre-Paul (2010, 1st round) -- 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles. All of those came from Week 12 on.
- Mathias Kiwanuka (2006, 1st round) -- Four sacks, two forced fumbles. Kiwanuka became a starter Week 8 and all of his sacks came from that point on.
- Justin Tuck (2005, 3rd round) -- One sack, one forced fumble, one game started. Tuck did not become an impact player for the Giants until his third season, 2207, when he had 10 sacks, two forced fumbles and 65 tackles.
- Osi Umenyiora (2003, 2nd round) -- One sack, one forced fumble, one game started. He had seven sacks in his second season.
The Giants, of course, will hope for JPP/Kiwanuka type rookie production from Moore.