The New York Giants got a potentially devastating defensive end in round three of the 2013 NFL Draft when they were able to snag Texas A&M’s Damontre Moore. Moore was once considered a potential first round pick because of his stellar production with the Aggies. Last season, Moore tallied 12.5 sacks and 85 tackles.
Moore, at 6-4, 250 pounds, has a little room to add muscle but could compete at the NFL level right now as is. Moore, a junior, is still a work in progress but he has a knack for getting to the quarterback and he will be able to learn from some very good pass rushers on the Giants in Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul.
Moore will essentially replace Osi Umenyiora who left as a free agent. However, don’t expect Moore to immediately step in and make an impact. He will be able to become part of the Giants defensive line rotation but he will need to polish his skills before he can be a reliable force in the pass rush but the talent and potential are most certainly there.
Due to a poor combine showing Moore’s stock fell. He ran a 4.9 40-yard dash and benched 225 pounds only 12 times. However, you can’t judge the future of an NFL player based on something done in the vacuum that is the combine. Moore is only 20 years old and already had 26.5 sacks in his three years of college.
Moore’s arrest in 2012 for possession of marijuana also scared off some teams who came to question his work ethic and maturity based on his combine output and arrest. Giants GM Jerry Reese, however, sees in Moore a consistent pass rusher who could become a force in the NFL. The Giants have had a pretty good history of taking on certain players with some problems in the past and getting them to toe the line. Moore will not be a problem for Tom Coughlin or the Giants moving forward but he will pose a huge problem for opposing offensive lines and quarterbacks. To get a player of Moore’s value in the third round is something that can’t be scripted. The Giants truly lucked out with this pick.