The projected deluxe 3-4 pass rushing LBs have become a premium commodity. There's always some discussion of which ones can work there or as a 4-3 DE just a well. Mingo & Jones are the solid names at the top that look to be taken in the first half of Round 1.
#3 on that category for me is solidifying in Tx AM's Damontre Moore. Scout him this week versus Alabama if you are watching. (Tx AM OLB Sean Porter looks top 3 at that position also) Here's some on him for your perusal- Image: http://insider.espn.go.com/photo/2012/0924/rn_u_damontremoore2_ms_600.jpg
Moore is a complete linebacker that may be as or more prepared than anyone else at playing in the NFL right away.
Moore’s frame is ideal for the 3-4 outside linebacker spot at 6’4? 250 pounds. That size is also just a tad shy of what I would consider good for a 4-3 right end (260 pounds). He doesn’t appear to have the longest arms in the class, but that certainly isn’t a deal breaker. He doesn’t have Mingo’s speed, Jones’ fluidity around the edge, Jordan’s coverage ability, or Ansah’s burst.. but he combines an all-around skillset to form a very polished pass rushing skillset.
I sit here bragging about Jarvis Jones and acknowledging Mingo’s raw talent, but the fact is that Moore leads all defensive players in the SEC with 9.5 sacks. That’s more than Jones’ and Mingo’s totals combined.
Stats never tell the whole story with draft prospects, they usually serve as no more than a prologue. However, the fact that Moore has been consistently performing at a high level in the best conference against some very talented teams has to count for something. I still think Jones is the better prospect, but I have Moore ahead of Mingo.
Moore’s intelligence, technique, and strength are all very refined and fit the archetype of a top 20 pick. He is a player, much like Chandler Jones last year, who can come in on day one and solidify one of the outside linebacker positions in a 3-4 and work in a rotation for a 4-3 defense while he bulks up. He will never be the most athletic guy on the field, but he’ll make up for it with his strength at sealing the edge and his ability to keep offensive lineman at bay with his hands. LINK Image: http://cmsimg.thetowntalk.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=DK&Date=20121103&Category=SPORTS&ArtNo=211030328&Ref=AR&MaxW=640&Border=0&Alabama-first-sanctuary-LSU-s-Mettenberger
10/23/12 - Week 8 Rewind: While LSU's more celebrated pass rushers were largely held in check in this contest, Texas A&M's top defender, junior defensive end Damontre Moore, used the high profile contest to pad his increasingly hard-to-ignore résumé. Moore (pictured above chasing LSU QB Zach Mettenberger) entered this contest leading the FBS in tackles for a defensive lineman (52) as well as sacks (8.5) from an SEC defensive lineman. Perhaps even more impressive, Moore led the Aggies in tackles, tackles for loss (15) and sacks. Prior to suffering an apparent left leg injury midway through the second quarter, Moore led an Aggies' defense that had largely dominated the LSU offense. The hyper-active 6-4, 250 pound Moore registered three tackles, including a sack and a pass broken up early in this contest and showcased his versatility while doing it, alternating between left and right defensive end, as well as looping inside to rush up the middle and even dropping off occasionally into coverage on zone blitzes. He consistently applied pressure to Mettenberger but also showed terrific effort in pursuit, beating Tigers' backs to the edge and closing on receivers from behind yards downfield. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com Image: http://media.247sports.com/Uploads/Assets/557/641/641557.jpg
Was fourth on the team in tackles with 72 stops, including 41 solo hits … saw action in 12 games with 10 starts at "joker" … was the top tackler down the stretch with at least six tackles in the final six games of the regular season, including 12-tackle games against Kansas State and Texas … was second on the team behind Sean Porter in sacks (8.5/50) ... Led the team in tackles for losses (17.5/70) … had five sacks in the final three games of the regular season, including a pair against Kansas State and Kansas … had a team-best four forced fumbles and also recovered a fumble.
Earned Freshman All-Big 12 honors from ESPN.com after serving as Butkus Award winner Von Miller's backup at the Aggies' "joker" … turned in an impressive stat line of 40 tackles, including 5.5 QB sacks, and also contributed an interception and a team-high three forced fumbles … was named National Defensive Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards after coming off the bench to make a season-high seven tackles, including two QB sacks and another tackle for loss of yardage in the Aggies 48-16 win over Louisiana Tech … Moore also forced three fumbles and recovered one against the Bulldogs.
Coached by Kiff Hardin at Rowlett High School ... an honorable mention all-state selection by The Associated Press as a senior (2009) ... was a first-team all-area honoree by The Dallas Morning News after recording 66 tackles, six sacks and two safeties ... earned all-America honors from Max Emfinger and was a SuperPrep Southwest Team pick ... chose Texas A&M over offers from Oklahoma State and Baylor.
Damontre Moore is the son of Detra Johnson of DeSoto, Texas and Damon Moore … born Sept. 11, 1992 … undecided on a major. Image: http://gamedayr.com/wp-content/slideshow/2012/11/heisman-trophy-watch-list-from-a-fan-s-perspective-week-11/full/damontre-moore-2012-texas-AM-heisman-570x368.jpg