With the release of DE Elvis Dumervil the Broncos will start looking at other options. They have explored the veteran Free Agency market, and i expect them to look at some pass rushers early in the draft. One name who may interest the Broncos brass is Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore. According to CBSSports.com Moore is listed as the 5th overall defensive end in Aprils Draft and the 25th overall prospect. Moore a few weeks ago was considered a top 5 pick, but after a poor combine and interviews his stock is dropping. Now he is considered a mid first round to a early second round selection.
Damontre Moore enjoyed a very productive career with the Texas A&M football team. During his career he totaled 197 total tackles, 45 for a loss, 26.5 sacks and 8 forced fumbles. His best season came in 2012 when he totaled 85 tackles, 21 for a loss, 12.5 for a loss and 1 forced fumble.
#94 Damontre Moore
Position: Defensive Line
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
High School: Rowlett
Experience: 2 Letters
Was fourth on the team in tackles with 72 stops, including 41 solo hits … saw action in 12 games with 10 starts at "joker" … was the top tackler down the stretch with at least six tackles in the final six games of the regular season, including 12-tackle games against Kansas State and Texas … was second on the team behind Sean Porter in sacks (8.5/50) ... Led the team in tackles for losses (17.5/70) … had five sacks in the final three games of the regular season, including a pair against Kansas State and Kansas … had a team-best four forced fumbles and also recovered a fumble.
Earned Freshman All-Big 12 honors from ESPN.com after serving as Butkus Award winner Von Miller's backup at the Aggies' "joker" … turned in an impressive stat line of 40 tackles, including 5.5 QB sacks, and also contributed an interception and a team-high three forced fumbles … was named National Defensive Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards after coming off the bench to make a season-high seven tackles, including two QB sacks and another tackle for loss of yardage in the Aggies 48-16 win over Louisiana Tech … Moore also forced three fumbles and recovered one against the Bulldogs.
Draft Profile for Damontre Moore:
NFL.coms Scouting Report on Moore:
STRENGTHS: Tall rush end/linebacker hybrid with nice length and a frame still not maxed out. Has played in a stand-up and hand-down role and threatens quarterbacks from either side of the line. Good snap anticipation and initial quickness to threaten the edge. Flashes the punch and arm extension to bull tackles backwards. Possesses the ability to flatten down the line as a pass rusher. Shows the flexibility to bend the edge as a pass rusher and get skinny and reduce his surface area through creases on the inside. Good second effort even when beaten with initial hand play, can close on quarterbacks and running backs coming to his side and he chases from the back side. Presents good bend for his size in a three-point stance. Length and increased upper-body strength helps him reach ball carriers and pop/drag them down with authority. Excellent at inside stunts and slant. Quickness helps him win the B-gap even when lined up outside the tackle, also helps him get to the sideline to chase down ball carriers. Tight ends have little chance of handling his rip move on the outside. Moves well when standing up, has the change of direction ability to contain on his side, handle himself against tight ends off the line and in short zone coverage as a 3-4 ‘backer. Breaks down and drops his drops to stone backs in the hole or catch them if they try to elude him. Anchors against linemen in the run game, holds the edge adeptly. Excellent upside.
WEAKNESSES: Hand usage should improve with time, will allow better tackles to get their punch inside at times to knock him back a bit. Can play high, failing to anchor and getting knocked aside or to the ground by stronger linemen, especially when moving laterally. Still learning to use his flexibility to turn the corner consistently, and needs to use his spin move (and keep his balance during it) to prevent getting taken outside the pocket too often. More of a coordinated and fluid athlete than a downright explosive one. Doesn’t like to hold his ground and set the edge on runs at him, preferring to run himself upfield or dance around the block. A lot of his production and success came from slanting inside, is he a consistent edge threat?
NFL COMPARISON: Aldon Smith
NFL Combine Results:
- 40 Yard Dash: 4.95
- Bench Press: 12 reps
- Vertical Jump: 35.5 inches
- Broad Jump: 122.0 inches
CBSSports.com Scouting Report on Damontre Moore:
STRENGTHS: Possesses a lean, lanky build with plenty of room for additional muscle mass. Flashes a quick first step off the snap. Has long, strong arms and uses his hands well to defeat blocks. Generates impressive speed off the edge, including a late burst to close. Good flexibility to dip under the tackle's reach and has the long arms to keep his opponent from grabbing a hold of him.
Lines up in a variety of spots and is capable of beating defenders with his quickness, as well as bull rush and a complimentary spin move that he'll use to slip inside or outside. Improving strength as a run defender. Generally does a nice job of sealing off the edge to keep his containment responsibilities.
Locates the ball well and pursues with passion. Closes on the ballcarrier quickly and shows good strength for the drag-down tackle. Rips away at the ball when he can, showing the ability to force fumbles (8 over three seasons). Developing use of hands to get into passing windows and when rushing kickers, blocking two kicks in 2012.
Showed surprising awareness, lateral agility and straight-line speed when asked to drop back into coverage.
WEAKNESSES: Inconsistent get-off at the snap and does not appear to have elite explosiveness, overall. Remains a work in progress in terms of getting his hands up as a pass defender, posting only two pass breakups in 2012.
Has a tendency to allow his pad level to get too high when in run support and can be knocked back off the ball because of it. Makes a disproportionate number of his tackles five yards downfield due to his hustle and isn't the consistently dominant defender his statistics might indicate.
COMPARES TO: John Abraham, DE, Atlanta Falcons -- Like the Falcons' perennial Pro Bowler, Moore has the potential to rank among the league's top pass rushers whether as a classic 4-3 defensive end or as a stand-up pass rusher out of the 3-4.
I'm warming up to the idea of Damontre Moore to the Broncos in the first round. His tape doesn't lie. He was considered a top 5 pick for a reason. It's just his off the field attitude and personality that seems to concern people. He does have a history with Von Miller, so hopefully if Moore ends up a Denver Bronco, Miller can reign Moore in. Moore would be a solid replacement for Dumervil i think. Moore played the Joker role, the same position Miller played for the Aggies. The Broncos used a hybrid 3-4 front at times in 2012, so having Miller and Moore off the edges could be a fun combo for many years for the Denver Broncos.