Photo of Damontre Moore
Grade
89.2 ?
  • 4.95 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 122.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 34 3/4" Arm Length
  • 250LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Overview

Ever since Moore appeared in College Station, he’s shown great potential. In fact, even when Von Miller was making plays for the Aggies on his way to being selected No. 2 overall by Denver in the 2011 draft, it was easy to see that "DaMonster," as his teammates call him, would help veteran linebacker Sean Porter pick up the slack when the Butkus Award winner moved on to the next level. His experience at both 3-4 rush linebacker and 4-3 defensive end (a move coming after Kevin Sumlin took over for the fired Mike Sherman in 2012) makes his combination of strength and athleticism even more enticing for teams looking to harass opposing quarterbacks.



Moore’s career got off to a fast start at Texas A&M, where he recorded 6.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks as a reserve pass-rushing outside linebacker. He stepped into the starting role his sophomore season, finishing with 72 tackles, 17.5 for loss, and 8.5 sacks. After moving to defensive end his junior season, Moore exploded onto the national consciousness for an A&M team that took the country by storm, recording 85 tackles, 21 for loss, and 12.5 sacks on his was to second-team All-America honors.

Analysis

Strengths

Tall rush end/linebacker hybrid with nice length and a frame still not maxed out. Has played in a stand-up and hand-down role and threatens quarterbacks from either side of the line. Good snap anticipation and initial quickness to threaten the edge. Flashes the punch and arm extension to bull tackles backwards. Possesses the ability to flatten down the line as a pass rusher. Shows the flexibility to bend the edge as a pass rusher and get skinny and reduce his surface area through creases on the inside. Good second effort even when beaten with initial hand play, can close on quarterbacks and running backs coming to his side and he chases from the back side. Presents good bend for his size in a three-point stance. Length and increased upper-body strength helps him reach ball carriers and pop/drag them down with authority. Excellent at inside stunts and slant. Quickness helps him win the B-gap even when lined up outside the tackle, also helps him get to the sideline to chase down ball carriers. Tight ends have little chance of handling his rip move on the outside. Moves well when standing up, has the change of direction ability to contain on his side, handle himself against tight ends off the line and in short zone coverage as a 3-4 ‘backer. Breaks down and drops his drops to stone backs in the hole or catch them if they try to elude him. Anchors against linemen in the run game, holds the edge adeptly. Excellent upside.

Weaknesses

Hand usage should improve with time, will allow better tackles to get their punch inside at times to knock him back a bit. Can play high, failing to anchor and getting knocked aside or to the ground by stronger linemen, especially when moving laterally. Still learning to use his flexibility to turn the corner consistently, and needs to use his spin move (and keep his balance during it) to prevent getting taken outside the pocket too often. More of a coordinated and fluid athlete than a downright explosive one. Doesn’t like to hold his ground and set the edge on runs at him, preferring to run himself upfield or dance around the block. A lot of his production and success came from slanting inside, is he a consistent edge threat?

NFL Comparison

Aldon Smith

Bottom Line

The pass rusher his teammates call “DaMonster” looked like a potential star even while he backed up 2010 Butkus Award winner and No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft, Von Miller. After one season as the Aggies’ top rush linebacker (17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks in 2011), he moved to defensive end for new head coach Kevin Sumlin, developing into one of the most destructive defensive players in the country. Given his strength, size, and athleticism, don’t be surprised if Moore is considered one of the top two or three pass rushers selected in the first round.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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