The Highlights and Low-Lights:
Most experts didn't predict Damontre Moore, defensive end from Texas A&M, to be available in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft. A player who, before the 2012 college football season, was projected by ESPN's draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. to be a top ten pick in the 2013 draft saw his stock plummet during the 2012 campaign. Moore had a tremendous sophomore season in 2011. He recorded 72 tackles and 8.5 sacks. Moore lived up to the hype at the beginning of the 2012 season tallying nine sacks in his first four games. For the remainder of the season, Moore would only register 3.5 more sacks and NFL scouts felt he became more run dependent than a pass rusher.
At the end of the season, Moore's numbers totaled 12.5 sacks and 85 tackles which led the team in each categoy. Following this stellar performance, Moore was named First Team All American and All First Team SEC. With those numbers Moore was still projected to fly off the NFL draft board in the first round. Yet after a disappointing combine where he only completed 12 reps on the bench press test and ran a 4.95 40 yard dash, his draft stock fell.
The Recipe for Success:
After the combine, Damontre Moore's draft stock went into a freefall mode from being projected to be a top ten pick or first round pick to now being a second round pick or an early third round pick. When draft day came, Moore had to wait until the eighteenth pick of the third round to hear his name called. But as fate would have it, the team that could his name was the New York Giants. Moore, who a lot of experts projected to be a 4-3 defensive end, fits perfectly to what the NY Giants defense runs. The rookie defensive lineman still needs to get stronger and improve his speed and agility a bit, but he possesses terrific athleticism and great football instincts which will help him succeed in the NFL. As most Giants' coaches have said, he reminds them of one Jason Pierre-Paul coming out of college who is now one of the best defensive ends in the league.