Damontre Moore Scouting Report

February 10th, 2013

“Damonster” is certainly in play for Detroit at #5 overall

QB / RB / FB / WR / TE / OT / OG / OC / DT / DE / OLB / ILB / CB / SAF
Prospect: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 250 lbs in September
Grade: 7.58 (Grading Scale)

Scouting Report
+Impressive burst to close in the open field with more than adequate speed
+Fluid hips to sink them and lower his pads or dip around the corner as a speed rusher, flexible athlete
+Nimble footwork in space, can backpeddle in coverage and work laterally
+Phenomenal athlete with combination of size, speed, and strength who can affect the game in a number of ways

+High motor player who loves to pursue the ball and gets to it at a high rate
+/-Aggressive, attacking-style defender whose read and react skills are a work in progress
-Struggles with misdirection plays, will abandon gap discipline to try and make plays in the backfield
+Has experience in 3-4 and 4-3 schemes and is very positionally diverse
-Was arrested for marijuana possession in summer of 2011

Pass Rush:
+At his best when combining his size/strength with his speed as a pass rusher, handful when utilizing combination moves
-Lacks creativity or a variety of pass rush moves as a whole, overly reliant on athleticism and motor at this point in his career
+Shows a knack for picking up on snaps counts and effectively timing snaps
-Fails to break down in space and misses plays too often, not only as a pass rusher
+Has some natural movement ability in space when dropping into coverage, clean footwork

Run Support:
+Sheds very effectively with strong hands, allowing him to chase down ball carriers
+Always wants to shoot gaps and make plays in the backfield, does so successfully quite often
+Ability to anchor a run block comes and goes with his pad level, has plenty of lower body strength for it
+/-Struggles to set a definite edge when playing from an inside position, does so much more effectively with more space to work with
-Lack of discipline gets him in trouble occasionally, likes to jump inside which makes him easy to down block
-Occasionally drops his eyes against run and fails to pick up the ball

+Very strong upper body with hands to shed blocks against the run and create functional space as a pass rusher
+/-Pad level as a whole is inconsistent, when he drops his pads properly it allows him to use his natural power more effectively
-Only one season as a down lineman where hand usage is magnified, his technique follows suit

Damontre Moore seems to be a consensus top ten pick among draft pundits, and that’s for good reason. Moore racked up 12.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss as a junior for the Aggies, a steady improvement from his 8.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore and 5.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss as a freshman. Physically he’s the whole package, with size, strength, and speed. He dominated many games simply by proving to be too much athletically for opposing offenses. Moore combines those tools with a never-ending motor that sees him chase down the ball at a very high rate. If his technique catches up to his natural ability, we’ll be looking at one of the best pass rushers in the game. That’s what makes his value so high, as well as the fact that he fits into any number of defensive schemes. I believe he’s best served as a 3-4 rush linebacker. He also has similarly high value in a wide 9 scheme. Either way, his best skills show up with more space to work with to make use of his athletic ability. There’s no reason to believe that Moore won’t put up 10+ sacks in his first year in the league. He’ll have the instant impact that many teams desperately need from their pass rush as well as a high potential down the road. Damontre Moore is worth every penny as a top five draft pick this year.–Darren Page

Scouting Notes:
Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss
• Showing versatility playing right and left sides from two and three point stances on first drive
• Almost ran right past the ball while stunting inside against a read option keep by the quarterback, slow to pick it up
• Bites on the running back on a read option, quarterback pulls it, lose-lose situation for Moore
• Recognizes play action quickly and forces a hurried throw from the quarterback, incomplete
• Fails to recognize the down blocking coming from the wide receiver in motion on a toss play to the outside, gets cracked to the inside
• Getting reps at a five tech position in the second quarter against pass heavy sets
• Slips and falls trying to plant and redirect when quarterback steps up into the pocket
• Hesitant off the snap when left unblocked, drives running back who steps up with power but could have blown past him instead
• Left unblocked on play action but fails to break down and misses quarterback, was indecisive to start with
• Ole Miss consistently either letting Moore go unblocked and reading off of him or double teaming him, lots of respect shown
• Whiffs on a tackle against an inside draw via a terrific juke move
• Stays patient later in the game against red option, reacts quickly and makes a tackle for loss
• Again stays patient and reacts to what he sees on a read option, crashes down to make a tackle on the inside give
• Effectively shoot an inside gap as a pass rusher from the interior, should have drawn a holding call
• Left one on one with a back, swims him easily and puts a big hit on the quarterback for a sack

Texas A&M vs. Florida
• Too easily caved inside on a down block from Jordan Reed, a very poor blocking tight end
• Once again, shoots inside too quickly and is washed out of the play by a Reed down block
• Very decisive on a read option and makes a tackle for loss on Mike Gillislee
• Finds no space to operate on an inside stunt, stays with play when Driskel scrambles and makes the sack
• Defense brings a corner blitz against empty set from Moore’s side, he occupies right tackle successfully to give corner an easy sack
• Really drops pad level successfully, gets initial push against the guard before he shoots inside for a sack
• Does well to squeeze down the hole against a pulling guard and almost scrapes off to make the tackle
• Given quarterback spy duties, breaks on Driskel after he freezes in the pocket, breaks down and makes the sack
• Successful inside swim against a run coming off tackle to his side, ends up too far inside to make the play though
• Timing the snap well later on in the game
• Sheds the block of Reed effectively on an off tackle lead, gets in the on tackle
• Chases a sweep down the line effectively and lays a big hit on the back at the sideline
• Squeezes down hole by pushing Reed back into it, disengages and makes the tackle when the back cuts outside the block
• Unable to break down in space on a play action bootleg and misses Driskel

Texas A&M vs. LSU
• Impressive effort play to flow over the top on a toss to the opposite side, makes the tackle on the sideline for a short gain
• Bends well around the corner but cannot keep his feet underneath him and goes down, forced Mettenberger to step up in the pocket though
• Shoots the inside gap of left tackle when he sees chip coming from the outside, fights his way through and forces Mettenberger to step up, doesn’t quit and sacks him from behind
• Effective speed rush gets rooted out just a bit, but Mettenberger double clutches and Moore has enough time to get a piece of him
• Shoots inside gap against a tight end on an inside run, gets dragged down from behind, should have been holding
• Comes free on an inside stunt, breaks down just enough to get a good shot on Mettenberger but fails to bring him down and he slips out of the sack
• Jumps inside on misdirection and pops up too quickly when he realizes it’s an outside run, already caved in and well out of the play

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