SOTT Draft Profile : DaMontre Moore, Texas A&M
Patrick D. Starr
DaMontre Moore had 12.5 sacks in 2012 and was one of the most consistent pass rushers in the country according to a number of outlets. Moore also led the Aggies with 85 tackles, 21 TFL, 2 PDs, and more. He is highly decorated, young, raw, and has been mentored by Von Miller. It's looking as though Moore will go in the top 10 of the 2012 draft.
For a balanced picture of this talented player, we once again ask TexAgs recruiting intern Brandon Wheeland to help wrap our minds around what a team will potentially get with DaMontre Moore.
Tale of the Tape
Weight: 250 lbs
40 time: 4.70 (projected)
How did DaMontre Moore choose Texas A&M and what did he contribute to the Aggie football program?
Moore chose A&M over Oklahoma State as well as Baylor in order to stay closer to his home in DeSoto, TX. His contributions to the team were countless with his leadership and his ability to fill in for Von Miller and keep an outstanding talent on the defensive side of the ball.
Was Moore's arrest in 2011 for marijuana possession a sign of further problems or more an anomaly? Do you see him coming out as a junior adding to any perceived problems come draft time?
Moore was taken under the wing of Von Miller and Miller's parents after that issue took place. He talks regularly with the Miller's and Von is almost like a big brother to Moore. Trouble making players tend to give off a certain vibe and I just don't catch that vibe from DaMontre. I think his decision to forego his senior year is based more on a combination of the the health/career risks another year in college would have on his body as well as his stock being about as high as it would get thanks to a week skills position draft.
Is Moore a outside 3-4 linebacker or a 4-3 defensive end?
Moore is an outstanding talent and is worthy of being a top five selection. Honestly, he could handle either position well with some grooming but I believe he would ultimately have more success as a linebacker. His size and speed would benefit him greatly at the LB position. He could potentially play at DE, but he would need to work on his explosiveness of the ball as well as his ability to knock down passes while rushing the QB.
What are his strengths and weaknesses?
Moore's size, strength and awareness are my biggest reason for seeing him as a linebacker. His speed and ability to close in on the ball carrier are outstanding. He can force fumbles, he can block kicks, he can bring down the RB in the back field, he can cover passes. No task seems to be out of his skill set.
As strange as it is to say, I think he needs to work on his overall effort and hustle. There have been plays where Moore is slow to react to the snap or where he is just knocked away from the ball. The talent and size are there, he just needs to learn how to better utilize it. He racked up a lot of hardware this year award wise, so I believe he is well on his way.
Moore has received over a dozen conference and national accolades this year alone. What skills do you see transitioning well to the NFL?
I see him just a notch below the productivity that Von Miller provides for the Broncos. He will be an outstanding linebacker for a team this upcoming season who will be drafted early and start from week 1. The fact that he is coming out as a junior and is such a raw talent who will learn to better utilize his size and speed should scare the hell out the 31 other teams who will not have him on their roster.