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Kyle Moore (DE)
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 272
College: USC
Conference: Pac-12
Hometown: Kathleen, GA
High School: Houston County
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Selected by: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 17 (117)
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Pick Analysis: Moore, a utility player at USC, made his way into the starting lineup late in his career. He went to the Senior Bowl and showed he belonged. He displayed advanced technique to get into the backfield and cause problems. He'll be a great third defensive end in a rotation and will fill that role for Tampa Bay. He's a steady and dependable guy.
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Overview

Moore was voted the team's most inspirational player last season.


Hampered by preseason knee problems and used mostly to contain the run, he still managed to break free from blockers to registered 9.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including a career-high five quarterback sacks as a senior.


At Houston County High School, Moore earned USA Today, EA Sports, Super Prep, Parade and Pre Star All-American honors as a senior. He was a member of the Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Student Sports Top 100, Rivals 100, Super Prep All-Dixie, Prep Star All-Southeast and Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 squads.


Moore was also named the Georgia Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year. In his final season, he recorded 93 tackles, 22 sacks, 18 deflections, eight forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one blocked punt (for a touchdown) in 2004. As a junior in 2003, he made All-Middle Georgia, All-Region and All-County while getting 110 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 15 sacks.


Moore was determined to play for an elite program and was used to the travel. Part of a military family, he was born in Germany and lived in Europe and Texas before moving to Georgia.


Moore served as a reserve defensive end in his first year at Southern California, playing behind All-American strong-side end Lawrence Jackson in 2005. He suffered a right knee sprain in his collegiate debut vs. Hawaii, missing the next two games. He saw brief action in 11 games that campaign and while he recovered a pair of fumbles, he managed just six tackles (five solo).


Moore shifted to right defensive end in 2006, but lost a fierce preseason battle with Brian Cushing for the starting position. He appeared in 13 games, collecting only five tackles (four solo) with a pass deflection.


With Lawrence Jackson having an All-American season on the strong side, Moore helped give the Trojans matching bookends, starting 11 games at weak-side end in 2007. He played the bulk of the running downs and was spelled by Everson Griffen on obvious pass plays, but still produced 35 tackles (15 solo) that included a pair of sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. His long wing span proved to be a major problem for the opposition, as he not only batted down five passes at the line of scrimmage but pulled down two interceptions.


As a senior, Moore garnered All-Pac-10 Conference honorable mention. He started every game at Jackson's old position (strong-side), collecting 30 tackles (16 solo). He made five sacks with 9.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage while deflecting two passes and also recovered a fumble as a 13-game starter.


High School

Attended Houston County (Warner Robins, Ga.) High School, earning USA Today, EA Sports, Super Prep, Parade and Pre Star All-American honors as a senior...Member of the Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, Student Sports Top 100, Rivals 100, Super Prep All-Dixie, Prep Star All-Southeast and Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 squads...Named the Georgia Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year in his final season, as he recorded 93 tackles, 22 sacks, 18 deflections, eight forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one blocked punt (for a touchdown) in 2004...As a junior, he made All-Middle Georgia, All-Region and All-County while getting 110 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 15 sacks.


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Analysis

Positives: Rare height and wingspan for the position. Flashes initial quickness off the snap to pressure the outside shoulder of offensive tackles. Good overall playing strength. Can get into the tackle's body with his long arms and bull rush. Stout at the point of attack when he plays with leverage.


Negatives: Struggles with leverage and negates his own strength at times. Can get pushed back off the line when he plays too high. Needs to use his length more to disrupt passes. Doesn't bat enough passes down at the line of scrimmage. Arthroscopic knee surgery before the 2008 season that requires a medical check.


Compares To: MARK ANDERSON, Chicago -- Moore has a developing frame with an impressive wing span, but has put up just pedestrian numbers throughout his career. USC's attack is predicated on their linebackers making plays. Moore did flash to get on the edge of a blocker and outrun the play. He needs technique refinement, as he gets too tall in his stance, negating any leverage. Inconsistency at the college level will cost him on draft day.


Injury Report

2005: Suffered a right knee sprain vs. Hawaii (9/03), missing the nest two games vs. Arkansas (9/17) and Oregon (9/24).


2008: Limited in spring camp after undergoing right knee arthroscopic surgery.


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