Damontre Moore declared himself eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft after a phenomenal junior season with the Texas A&M Aggies. When the season ended, he was considered a lock for a high first round pick, but a poor performance at the NFL Combine sent his stock tumbling. With a chance to turn things back around at the Aggies’ pro-day, but failed to really answer all the lingering doubts.
The most troubling part of Moore’s performance at the combine was his 12 reps on the bench press (as many reps as a kicker). The defensive end was “disappointed and upset” by his performance and it seemed to carry over with less than spectacular numbers on the other tests as well.
That motivated Moore to bring his best to the pro-day to try and answer the doubts that have crept into many scouts’ minds. While he improved on the bench press, repping 225 pounds 19 times this time, a hamstring injury hampered him in the rest of the drills.
Moore worked out as both a 4-3 defensive end and 3-4 outside linebacker, showing some of his versatility. The injured hamstring, however, clearly affected his mobility and his burst, leaving some to grade his performance as an “incomplete.”
Not being able to fully participate or show his ability has not helped Moore’s draft stock rise back up into the first round. He will have to rely on individual workouts with teams to show what he can do and hope that he can shine in those one-on-one meetings to get his stock back up.
Aggies’ head coach Kevin Sumlin still believes Moore will be a fantastic player at the next level, no matter what his test results were. He points to his impressive production last season (85 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks) and his nonstop motor as reasons for his initial high draft stock and believes the film will back up that initial evaluation more than poor combine numbers.
There was a prime opportunity for Moore to put a poor combine performance behind him and remind teams why he came out as a high first-round prospect to begin with. He failed to accomplish that, but still has a chance to prove his worth to NFL teams before April’s draft.
It will just be a little bit tougher now that he’s got strikes against him.