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Old 03-25-2013, 06:26 AM   #222
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I don't see how you could pine for Matt Elam @ #28 but not want one of the NCAA's best pass rushers who was viewed as a Top 5-10 pick before the Combine. His head coach said he played with high effort and motor all year last year and when teams look at the tape as opposed to his workout numbers, they will see he is worthy of a first-round selection. His off the field concerns might push him out though. We will see. I wouldn't be against the selection at all, but this article below regarding primary character concerns really worries me. A recently article by Charlie Campbell:

Scout's Insight into Damontre Moore Published March 22, 2013 By Charlie Campbell - @draftcampbell

Texas A&M defensive end/outside linebacker Damontre Moore has had a rough draft process. He had an ugly showing at the Combine with a terrible 40 time and bench press session. Moore performed better at his Pro Day, but there are still a lot of concerns about him with NFL teams. Last year, Moore was one of the most dominant defensive players in college football. As a 20-year-old junior, he totaled 12.5 sacks - one of the larger totals in the country. Perhaps even more impressive than that, Moore led his team with 85 tackles - four more than the next closest defender. He had 21 tackles for a loss, two passes broken up, a blocked kick and a forced fumble. Moore also played through an ankle injury during the season.

While Moore (6-4, 250) was playing well on the field, he was creating a bad reputation for himself off of it. In June of 2011, Moore was arrested and accused of possessing less than two ounces of marijuana. Aside from the public incidents, Moore became known for not being a hard worker and a guy that looks to party. spoke with scouts about Moore to get an idea about the concerns teams have with Moore's character. Scouts said that Moore is complex. Not only did he have that arrest, but there are suspicions that he has had some positive drug tests at Texas A&M.

Scouts said that they think Moore is going to happily indulge in the "NFL life" with excessive spending, partying and being involved with women. They believe that Moore is super immature. He's not a worker who is going to be an example for other players in the offseason conditioning program. As a player, scouts said that Moore was not that explosive, but he is a natural pass rusher. They feel that Moore can get pushed around sometimes in the run game, but they said his pursuit skills and closing on ball carriers are incredible. One scout said that Moore has some Aldon Smith to his game.

The other complex part to Moore is that scouts said he plays extremely hard. As said by one scout, "the guy goes balls to the wall from kickoff until there is no time on the clock." Thus, they feel his effort on the field is a head-scratcher considering his lack of work ethic off the field. They wonder when/if he grows up how good he can be if he would dedicate himself to working hard in the offseason.

Scouts said that Moore needs to interview well with teams during his team visits. Any team that is interested in drafting Moore will probably host him at the their facility in order get more comfortable with adding him to their roster. Even after getting drafted, Moore is going to have a lot to prove on and off the field in the NFL.

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