Name: Damontre Moore
Height: 6' - 4"
Weight: 250 lbs.
Hometown: Rowlett, Texas
Date of Birth: 9/11/1992 (20 years old)
High School: Rowlett
2012 (Jr.): 80 total tackles (54 solo), 20 TFLs, 12.5 sacks, 2 PBU, 8 QBH, 1 FF, 2 Kicks/Punts
2011 (So.): 72 total tackles (41 solo), 17.5 TFLs, 8.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 2 QBH, 4 FF
2010 (Fr.): 40 total tackles (18 solo), 6.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 2 QBH, 3 FF, 1 INT
Junior Year (2012, 4-3 DE) Highlights:
Sophomore Year (2011, 3-4 OLB) Highlights:
- Extremely quick first step
- Willing and able to do backside contain
- Versatile pass rush ability; able to use speed and power moves
- Incredible closing speed
- Can rush from a two, three and four point stance
- Strong and heavy hands allow him to shed blocks in the run game
- Good hand use
- Great ball awarenss
- Plays through the whistle
- Stays low out of his stance
- Unrelenting motor
- Not a physical freak like other DE/OLB options in the draft
- Stiffer hips that some might like
- Average top end speed
- Footwork and hand placement will need improvement
- Arrested for marijuana possession (less than 2 oz.) in June of 2011
NFL Draft Outlook:
Many draft sites have Damontre Moore currently projected as a borderline 1st/2nd rounder. Moore has also not declared, though multiple people are reporting he is likely to head to the 2013 NFL Draft this Spring. Likely goes top 10, if not top 5, if he declares and interviews well and has a good showing at the Combine and other work outs.
Some people believe that Moore might be limited to a 4-3 DE in the NFL given his lack of top end speed and somewhat tight hips, but many think he will excel in any defensive scheme. Given his versatility and ability to actually get to the QB effectively in both the 3-4 and 4-3 should show many people their fears are ill-founded. NFL Coaches should limit the times he needs to drop into coverage and let Moore do what he does best: rush the passer.
When watching Moore play it's striking to see how fluid he looks and how easy it seems for him to rush the passer. He reminds some NFL scouts of DeMarcus Ware (DAL) and Brian Orakpo (WAS) in size, style, mix of power and speed moves, motor and with that amazing first step of Moore being eerily reminiscent of Ware's.
In regards to the Raiders specifically if they were to draft Moore with their first pick he could very easily step in and offer that type of game changing ability to rush the passer. Regardless of the scheme Dennis Allen plans to run on defense next year. Reggie Mckenzie has made it very clear he wants to build the defensive and offensive lines as well as finding a quality pass rusher - Moore could be the answer if he does declare for the draft.