Photo of Kapron Lewis-Moore
Drafted By: Ravens
Grade
55.6 ?

Draft Analysis:

"He got hurt in the bowl game vs. Alabama. He was gonna be a higher pick, but he's as solid as it gets. Pretty interesting Baltimore is the team that takes him. He'll be a solid pro." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 5/8" Arm Length
  • 298LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

After watching Lewis-Moore stand toe-to-toe with 2012 top five pick Matt Kalil during the traditional Notre Dame-USC rivalry game, it was hard to imagine that he had detached the MCL from his right knee during the contest. The injury cost him the last half of his junior season, but the performance against Kalil and the rest of the Trojans’ offensive line earned the respect of coaches and scouts alike.



The Texas high school product had started all seven games to that point in the 2011 season, earning 32 tackles, four for loss, and 1.5 sacks. It was his third season as a starter, as he opened up all 13 games as a sophomore and nine (while playing in all 12) as a redshirt freshman. He had led Irish defensive linemen in tackles in each of those two seasons, as well, with 62 (2.5 for loss, two sacks) in 2009 and 46 (seven for loss, 2.5 sacks) in 2009. In his senior season, Lewis-Moore had recorded 40 tackles (8.5 for loss), six sacks, and two forced fumbles. In the National Championship game vs. Alabama, Lewis-Moore tore his ACL.

Analysis

Strengths

Plays the three and five-technique positions well, thick build. Possesses a nice combination of strength (he can push single blocks backwards and stand up to double teams) and looks like a 270-pound end with the short-area agility to play head-up or shading the left tackle. When fresh, he’s constantly using his hands to direct his blocker or shed to make plays against the run.

Weaknesses

Doesn't have ideal length. Knee injury history. Not an elite pass rusher because of a lack of explosiveness off the snap and closing speed. Tends to be on the ground more often than scouts prefer, either failing to defeat cut blocks with his hands or losing his balance after contact.

NFL Comparison

Bryan Robinson

Bottom Line

Lewis-Moore improved his production in his senior year, and looked to be a versatile piece that could potentially work in a rotation at 43 DT or 34 DE. However, Lewis-Moore already lacked great athletic ability, and that issue has been compounded by back to back seasons with knee injuries. A team will have to be willing to stash him away for a year as he rehabs a torn ACL he suffered in the BCS National Championship game.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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