Damontre Moore DE Texas A&M #94
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Size/Athleticism: Prototypical height. Decent overall size, but isn’t particularly well built. His weigh-in numbers looks fine, but he’s a little on the chubby side. Would definitely benefit from adding some muscle to his frame. Tested poorly at the combine, but seems to play much faster than his numbers indicate.
Run Defense: Doesn’t make nearly enough plays against the run. He misses too many tackles, often from taking poor angles or by putting himself in a bad spot by simply not keeping his eyes in the backfield. He plays like a guy whose sole focus is to accumulate sacks. Occasionally asked to drop back and spy on the quarterback or running back; in these situation’s he’s typically patient and one of the few times he’s really an asset against the run. Struggles to shed blocks when he’s at the point of attack. He was manhandled by D.J. Fluker against Alabama a number of times when they ran at him.
Pass Rush: Has the ability to get to the quarterback in a variety of ways. He’s strong enough to bull rush his way into the backfield, but also quick enough to be a speed rusher off the edge. Occasionally mixes in a spin move, especially when he’s working against interior offensive linemen. Fairly consistent getting his hands up into passing lanes.
Versatility: Primarily lined up at defensive end, with equal time on both sides of the line. Occasionally played with his hand off the ground. Experienced in both the 3-4 and 4-3 schemes. Backed up Von Miller at the “joker” position early in his career. Dropped into coverage against some tight ends, even when he started with his hand on the ground.
Intangibles: Arrested for marijuana possession in 2011. Has a reputations as being lazy off the field. Only put up 12 reps on the bench press at the combine, which shows a lack of commitment in the weight room. That’s simply an inexcusable number for a guy his size. Only 20 years old.
Durability: No issues.
Comments: Moore has the potential to be a quality pass-rusher at the next level, but he needs to develop his overall game before he’s ready to make a significant impact. At this stage of his career, Moore is getting by with his raw tools. But he lacks the truly elite strength and athleticism for that to carry over into the NFL. Moore simply isn’t an intelligent football player, as evidenced by his consistent poor angles and lack of awareness on the field. This is fixable, but he needs to prove that he’s willing to put in the work to make it happen.