NFL Draft Q&A: Nebraska DE Jay Moore

Defensive end Jay Moore was a defensive end at Nebraska. But one 3-4 team has worked him out at linebacker. Learn more about this durable player, which three head coaches really impressed him at the Combine, and his outlook on playing in the NFL in this interview with's Ed Thompson.

Ed Thompson: You tore your ACL in high school, but you didn't have any real major injury problems at all in college did you?

Jay Moore: No, just a few bangs and bruises that come with playing the game but really my only major one was my ACL in high school.

ET: At that age, how did you handle that? Because obviously you had college aspirations. Did you learn some valuable things about yourself during that experience?

JM: Definitely. It was really a pretty humbling experience. I had already committed to Nebraska and I was a big-time recruit and one of the top players in the state. I think it was sort of a blessing in disguise because it really made me realize how much I love the game of football. You don't really realize how much you miss something until it's taken away from you for a while. Not to stand on the sidelines and seeing us lose in the state semifinals--we could have won the state championship--it was tough. It's hard not to be out there and run around and make plays. Overall, it was just a really good time for me to realize that I love the game of football, so I'd better take advantage of this.

ET: Let's talk about your Combine experience. I know you put up some great numbers and you let all those numbers stand for your Pro Day except three of them. 

JM: It was a really good experience. It was a little stressful, but not too stressful to where you couldn't handle it. You did have some down time, but the only bad part was getting up really early and not getting as much sleep as you want to. Other than that it went really well. Position drills went really well for me. I didn't run the 40 times I wanted at the Combine, so that's why I ran it again at Pro Day. Overall it went pretty well.

ET: You did a great 40 on your Pro Day, were you satisfied with that one?

JM: Yes, I wanted to be in the lower 4.7s and I got that, so I was very, very happy with that.

ET: When you sat down with the head coaches at the Combine for formal interviews, which ones come to mind that you really had a great experience with?

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JM: I thought sitting down with the Steelers' new head coach (Mike Tomlin) was great, that was a good experience. Sitting down with Sean Peyton from the Saints and sitting down with Norv Turner, the new head coach of the Chargers, I thought those three were really cool. They made me feel pretty comfortable and they weren't pressing at all or trying to say anything bad. Those three were really kind of fun.

ET: What's on the horizon for you, do you have any personal workouts or visits scheduled?

JM: I had a workout with the Patriots, they came to Lincoln and worked me and (LB) Stewart Bradley. I'm just going to wait and see if anyone calls or wait until draft day to see what the situation is then.

ET: When you worked out for the Patriots were you happy with the way things went? And who did they send to work you out?

JM: A scout and their linebacker coach came down and worked us out and it was good. It was a lot longer than I expected, it was an hour and fifteen minutes. A lot of it was putting us in certain situations on defense and they put me in the outside linebacker position to see how I could run with receivers, jump coverage or even how we could catch balls. It went really well. Obviously you're never going to do everything perfect and you'll always wish you did a couple things better, but overall it went really well.

ET: Were there any surprises that made you think, 'uh oh'?

JM: No, not really. At the Combine it's different because you know what you're going to do, but with this it's always different. You get a little worried because you're not real comfortable with the drills and it's your first time doing it, but everything went pretty smooth and I think it was a good showcase of my ability.

ET: Are you excited about the prospect of switching to linebacker if you land with a 3-4 team?

JM: Oh yeah, I'd love to play that position, I think it'd be fun. Obviously I'd have to do a lot of new learning and new techniques and new vocabulary. But I think it would be fun to be out in space like that and roam around and make a lot of plays.

ET: Has it really started to sink in for you yet that not too long from now, you're going to be walking into a pro locker room somewhere and there's going to be a jersey there with your name on it?

JM: No, it hasn't really sunk in. I kind of think about it every once in a while. It's kind of crazy because you just don't know where you're going to be. You kind of picture yourself being with whoever you think would want you and the crazy thing is thinking about that first practice. It's really fun to think about and I really just can't wait.

To learn more about Jay Moore, visit his player profile page. If you missed the first half of this interview, click here to read it.

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