Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/28/13
Fortunately, for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, Moore was on his team, and not patrolling the defensive line for another, or he wouldn’t have been able to hoist the trophy with the iconic pose.  That is because Moore, nicknamed “DaMonster,” is a play-making terror on the defensive side of the ball. He can pressure the quarterback, and he has the ability to put him on the ground once he gets there.  He is also excellent at making tackles on the ball carrier, at or behind the line of scrimmage. This was evident by the season opening performance Moore had against the Florida Gators. He took a chomp out of the Gators, as he amassed 10 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks. This and similarly good performances against LSU and Louisiana Tech, had some experts penciling him in as a top 10 draft pick going into this year’s NFL Scouting Combine.Moore’s fortunes turned however after a disappointing performance at the Combine. He was only able to complete 12 reps on the bench press, and ran a slow 40-yard dash time of 4.95 seconds. We will have to wait and see how much that sub-par performance hurts him. One thing is for sure, whichever team drafts him will have a player with potential and something to prove, a combination that usually pays off handsomely for teams willing to take the risk.    VitalsHeight: 6’4”   Weight: 260Position: DESchool: Texas A&MClass: Junior College Production /StatsAll you can ask from someone is to get better as time goes on. That being the case, there is no need to ask anything of Moore, as he was able to do exactly that throughout his college career.  In each season he improved upon his totals the year before in the major categories of tackles, tackles for loss, and sacks. This enabled him to end his college career with 197 tackles, 45 tackles for loss, 26.5 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, and 1 interception.  That production earned him the honor of being named a 2012 Consensus All-America, a 2012 second-team AP All-American, as well as being named first-team All-SEC. Moore  also had the incredible accomplishment of leading the Aggies with 80 tackles his junior year. 2013 NFL Combine:  12 bench press reps, 4.95 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 35.5” vertical jump StrengthsOne of Moore’s greatest strengths is his athletic frame which allows him to combine his quickness and agility to make plays that many are unable to. His ability to anticipate the snap and get off the line quickly is a huge reason he was able to amass the sack totals he did.  Although he is not a “powerful” defensive end, he does possess more than enough strength to regularly beat defenders with his bull rush. This versatility allows him to keep linemen guessing on how to attack him.  Although Moore is not extremely fast, he does possess enough speed to chase down quarterbacks and running backs, evident by his production while playing for the Aggies.   One element of his game that will keep him high on NFL team draft boards is his experience playing and excelling as both a 3-4 linebacker, and a 4-3 defensive end. In today’s pass-happy NFL, defenses more than ever need players that can blow past the offensive line and pressure the quarterback, Moore is able to do just that.   WeaknessesTo be an impact player at the next level, he needs to work on his hand-technique to enable him to dismiss offensive linemen at the attack. His kryptonite is facing a tackle with above-average strength and technique.  Once he improves in this area, he has the motor to be a force at the next level. Moore also tends to play upright, causing him to be pushed out of the play by more capable linemen. This is an issue because he doesn’t have the overall speed to get back in the play.  He needs to develop more skills other than his speed rush and bull rush if he wants to be a dominant factor on Sundays. Finally, he needs to be better at setting the edge, as he has a propensity to loose containment while going after the quarterback.Potential Landing SpotsMoore would be a good fit for NFL teams employing a 4-3 defense because of their need for an under-sized athletic lineman whose strength is getting up the field quickly. With the loss of defensive end Marcus Spears, the Dallas Cowboys could use a player like Moore to add depth to their front seven.He would be an ideal addition since the Cowboys play in a division with mobile quarterbacks like Robert Griffin III and Michael Vick. With the Minnesota Vikings' lack of talent on the defensive line behind Jared Allan, they could use the services of Moore as well. They would benefit from a player like Moore to get after the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford. Draft ProjectionWith his average showing at the Combine, Moore looks to be a late first-round pick. Many experts see him going to the Indianapolis Colts at the 24th pick, the Green Bay Packers at the 26th pick, or the Denver Broncos with 28th pick.With the Broncos losing Elvis Dumervil in the fax fiasco, drafting Moore would make sense. With the Colts releasing their long-time play-maker Dwight Freeney, you could see them picking Moore as well. NFL ComparisonThe current NFL player that Moore reminds me of is DeMarcus Ware. Moore needs a lot of development to get the Pro Bowl status of a player like Ware, but their style of game is similar. Moore is quick off the ball like Ware, and excels at getting to the quarterback. He also has the burst and athleticism to make plays in the running game. Much like Ware, he has the surprising strength to be able to collapse the pocket. But on the other side of the coin, Moore also has the tendency to take himself out of the play by over-pursuing like Ware. 
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