Our series looking at potential Miami Dolphins 2013 NFL Draft prospects continues this morning. Once again, we turn to the SB Nation blog covering the prospect's college team for an insider look.
This morning, we will take a look at Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore. After already getting an insider look at receiver Ryan Swope, we again turn to Aggies blog Good Bull Hunting manager ColoradoAg for a look at Moore.
Upon his arrival in College Station, Damontre Moore was tasked with the daunting challenge of replacing edge rusher and Aggie legend Von Miller. The great potential was evident early in Moore's college career. He had a quick first step and seemed to be polished technically for a young end.
In his three years at A&M, Moore got experience as a 3-4 edge rusher and a 4-3 end with his hand on the ground. In both opportunities Moore showcased great athleticism and strength. As a freshman, Moore tallied 6.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in what was largely a reserve role. As a sophomore starter, Moore and obliterated the competition with 72 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, and 8.5 sacks. Remarkably, Moore continued his remarkable climb as a junior in the Aggies' first season in the SEC. Moore racked up 85 tackles, 21 for loss, and 12.5 sacks earning All-SEC and All-America honors.
Then the NFL Combine happened. Moore put up some puzzling numbers and as such, has watched his draft stock take a significant hit from where it was in January as a potential Top 5 pick.
- Long, athletic frame that is continuing to fill out.
- Versatility - performed well in the two different roles and defensive schemes mentioned above.
- Quick first step and punch to get tackles on their heels.
- Strong motor evidenced in second effort plays or when things break down.
- Very quick laterally which gives trouble to tight ends assigned to block him.
- Young, maybe a bit of a project, but tons of upside.
- Plays too upright at times - playing into the hands of elite tackles
- Smooth, but not necessarily as explosive as you'd maybe want in an edge rusher.
- Strength numbers exhibited at the Combine are a concern, but maybe not as much as some would lead you to believe.
Moore has been nicknamed "DaMonster" for a reason. He plays with incredible motor and wreaks all kinds of havoc in the opponents' backfield. He continues to build on a strong foundation of technique and has the body frame to add appropriate muscle. You'll hear about his unimpressive measurables by analysts during the Draft, but I prefer to point to his eye-popping numbers and film against elite college competition.
Thank you to ColoradoAg for sharing his thoughts on Moore. Check out Good Bull Hunting for more on Moore, Swope, and all things Texas A&M.
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