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PLAYER: Damontre Moore
SCHOOL: Texas A&M
POSITION: Defensive end
The Giants continued to draft reinforcements for the defensive line by taking defensive end Damontre Moore. Moore was considered to have second-round talent and the Giants got him a round later.
With Osi Umenyiora gone, the Giants needed a defensive end to potentially contribute in the rotation this year but one who might be able to make an impact next season and provide insurance in case Justin Tuck doesn’t return next season.
THE 411: The Giants love Moore's production. In his three seasons at Texas A&M, Moore had 26.5 sacks -– fifth among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision players. He had 12.5 sacks and 85 tackles last season. Nicknamed “DaMonster,” Moore started off his career at Texas A&M sharing the “joker” position with Von Miller, playing some 3-4 rush linebacker and 4-3 defensive end. But Jerry Reese says Moore is an edge rusher.
Moore is young. He’s just 20-years-old and Reese said Moore has a lower frame similar to Mathias Kiwanuka. Described to be very athletic in space.
Moore was arrested for marijuana possession in 2011. The Giants like Moore’s energy in games, calling him an effort player in games. But Tom Coughlin said Moore’s practice habits need improvement. May need to mature and ran a slow time (4.9) at the combine.
HOW HE FITS IN: The Giants say he might be able to come in and compete for a spot in the rotation of pass rushers. The Giants like to use four defensive ends and perhaps Moore might compete with Adrian Tracy, Adewale Ojomo and Justin Trattou for the fourth defensive end spot. Jason Pierre-Paul and Tuck will start and Kiwanuka could move into Umenyiora’s role as the third defensive end.
PROJECTED IMPACT: Reese believes Moore can play special teams initially and create competition to crack the pass-rushing rotation. Marc Ross, the director of college scouting, says the coaches are excited about his versatility to potentially play a hybrid role. Biggest impact may come in 2014 and beyond, considering his age.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: “The defensive end, he is sacks,” Reese said. “You think about him in three years, he has 26.5 sacks. He is an edge rusher, tremendous upside. Too good a value for us to pass up on. Why did he slip? I am not sure. Early on people had him ranked pretty high. We were a little surprised that he stayed up there that long with that kind of sack production. You can’t pass on guys with that much pass production.”
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