Draft Capsule: DE Damontre Moore

Draft Capsule: DE Damontre Moore

April 5, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Mark Strotman

Damontre Moore (DE), Texas A&M 

6-5 | 250 lbs.

2012 Stats:

80 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 20 TFL, 8 QB hurries, 2 blocked kicks 

Projection:

Mid-late first round

Strengths:

 Has great initial burst off the ball and gets into the backfield with ease, as seen by his 20 tackles for loss in his All-American junior season; Maybe his best trait is his ability to line up anywhere on the field--he played as an outside linebacker in A&M's 3-4 defense as a sophomore before switching to a three-point stance in the Aggies' 4-3 defense the next year; Can drop into coverage and pursues ball carriers well on run plays; more than just a one-trick, pass-rushing, pony; Outstanding in pursuit

Weaknesses:

Because his instincts are so good, it gets him into trouble at times when technique is needed getting his pads low and staying low off the line; He is a lanky 250 pounds, meaning he'll need to put on some muscle before reaching his true potential

Fit for the Bears:

It seems as though Moore's best fit is as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but his versatility essentially makes him a fit in any defense. With Mel Tucker coming in and implementing his own schemes, a versatile player like Moore could fill a need to help the pass-rushing of the defensive line. True, they selected Shea McClellin last year to fill that same role, but if Phil Emery believes Moore--once thought to be a top-5 pick--is the best player on the board he could fall right into the Bears' lap as Julius Peppers' newest student.