The combine can really hurt some players and I think Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore may be one of the victims this year. Moore did not have a good combine, despite being a top pass rushing prospect entering it. There is something to be said about trusting the tape, but it seemed that Moore had really been letting it go since the end of the college season.
This was most noticeable in the bench press, when Moore put up a defensive line-worst 18 reps. But tying for worst in the bench press for his position group wasn’t just the end of it. Moore also pulled up lame during his second attempt of the 40 yard dash after posting just a 4.95.
Moore will really have to prove himself at his Pro Day if he wants to continue being considered in the top-5. I just don’t see him in the discussion at number two overall anymore, especially with Bjoern Werner, Margus Hunt, Ezekiel Ansah, and Dion Jordan at least performing as expected, if not improving their draft stock.
Moore is still a talented athlete, but teams will have to choose between trusting the tape or trusting his workout numbers. I don’t see the Jacksonville Jaguars picking Moore when there are other options who perform well both on tape and in the workouts.
- Luke N. Sims
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