Saturday, May 10, 2014
Patriots pick Zach Moore in 6th
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The pick: DE/OLB Zach Moore, Concordia-St. Paul (198th overall).
My take: At this point in the draft, a team is looking for intriguing traits to possibly develop and Moore fits the bill. He is 6-foot-5 1/2 and 269 pounds, has 33-5/8-inch arm length, and ran a 4.84 in the 40-yard dash. Because of those traits, and playing at the Division II level, Moore was highlighted as a "wild-card" possibility in ESPNBoston.com's "beyond the first round" series. He holds the Concordia record for sacks (33) and forced fumbles (6) and his long reach produced three blocked field goals. Moore projects to an end-of-the-line role in the team's system, which could be more of a pure 4-3 end, or possibly some 3-4 outside linebacker type responsibilities. He's a project and likely wouldn't emerge until 2015 at the earliest, but working with a young player like this should fire up position coaches Brendan Daly (defensive line) and Patrick Graham (linebackers). Moore's arrival could put the pressure on 2012 third-round pick Jake Bequette for a roster spot.
Defensive end depth chart: Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Will Smith, Michael Buchanan, Jake Bequette, Zach Moore.
What's next: The Patriots have two remaining picks -- a sixth-rounder (206) and seventh-rounder (244).