The Vikings are scheduled to meet with another defensive tackle on April 9-10, according to a league source. Maryland's Dre Moore will join Notre Dame's Trevor Laws as at least two defensive tackles scheduled to make predraft visits to Winter Park in April.
At 6-foot-4, 305 pounds, Moore is generally considered a second- or third-round draft pick. Scout.com's Tom Marino, a former NFL scout, has a third-round grade on Moore, whom he has ranked as the fifth-best defensive tackle available in the draft.
"Short-area player who was a strong space eater on the inside," Marino wrote in his evaluation of Moore. "Didn't make a lot of plays, but restricted the running lanes inside and freed up the backers to make plays. Plays on his feet and did a good job stacking the double team. Has good but not exceptional quickness, but was ineffective as a pass rusher – strictly a bull rusher who didn't counter or collapse the pocket. Round 3 potential, but could go sooner due to team needs and the lack of quality at the top."
Moore also met with the Steelers earlier this month, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Moore started the last two seasons at defensive tackle for the Terrapins, playing in 44 games with 26 starts. He had 10 ½ sacks and 17 ½ tackles-for-loss during his collegiate career. According to the Terrapins bio on Moore, he had the highest strength index – a measure of pound-for-pound strength – on the team last spring. He also set the school record for defensive linemen with a 365-pound clean lift in 2005.
In 2007, Moore led Maryland with six sacks (the most by a Terrapin since Shawne Merriman's 8 ½ in 2004) and a team-leading 63 tackles.
"I always admired Shawne for his passion, how fiery he is in everything he does," Moore said at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he also met with the Vikings. "He's such a competitor. I went at it with him the most in the weight room on testing days. He's really strong. We went at it back and forth. They (Merriman and LB D'Qwell Jackson) just showed me how to work, taught me that it can happen, that dreams can come true, that you can come out of Maryland, you can be drafted and have a career. While they were there, they just took me under their wing and kind of led me around and showed me the way."
As a junior, Moore started 10 of 13 games and ranked third on the team with 7 ½ tackles-for-loss while tying for the team lead with 3 ½ sacks. He finished tied for eighth on the team with 47 tackles.
He said there are a few things he needs to improve upon at the NFL level.
"I think hand fighting, shedding blocks. I'm a bigger, stronger guy so naturally I lean toward the bull rush in one-on-one situations. I predicate all my pass-rush moves off the bull rush initially, and I think I kind of tie
myself up at times with offensive linemen," he said. "I have to get better at stopping and getting off of the blocks, because I was
holding too long and giving them a chance to ge their hands on me. I have to get off it quicker."
Moore didn't even start playing organized football until his junior year of high school at Independence High in Charlotte, N.C. In his only season of varsity football as a senior, when his team went 13-0, he was named all-state after posting 107 tackles, 12 tackles-for-loss and three sacks.
Moore who graduated from Maryland in December with a degree in family studies.
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