Rookie defensive end Damontre Moore could play a major role on the defensive line for the New York Giants this season.
The Giants drafted Moore with 19th pick of the third round (81st overall) which could prove to be a steal if he lives up to the early hype.
In 2012, New York’s defensive line experienced a down season by their lofty standards. The Giants recorded just 33 sacks, 10th fewest in the NFL, compared to 48 during their Super Bowl campaign in 2011. Jason Pierre-Paul had just 6.5 sacks, 10 less than his 2011 total.
The Giants’ poor performance up-front led general manager Jerry Reese to spend to two of his first three draft picks on the defensive line. In the second round, Reese selected 320 pound defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins out of Ohio State. Both rookies will have the chance to make an immediate impact as the Giants’ re-built front seven looks to bounce back from their underwhelming 2012.
While many analysts graded Moore as a first round talent, the sack master fell to the third round due to his poor performance at the NFL Combine. On the bench press, Moore completed just 12 reps, which was second-worst among defensive ends that took part in the drill. Moore’s 40-yard dash time of 4.95 seconds also left much to be desired.
Nevertheless, Moore’s dominant play in the nation’s toughest conference should pay dividends for the Giants. This season, Moore will get a shot to prove himself with Osi Umenyiora’s departure and Justin Tuck continuing to show his age.
At worst, New York is hoping that Moore can create enough of a physical presence to draw double teams off of Pierre-Paul. At best, Moore is New York’s next superstar defensive end that will elevate the defensive line back to elite status.