- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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With Osi Umenyiora leaving for the Atlanta Falcons in free agency, the New York Giants needed to replenish their pass rush pantry. They don't need an immediate starter (which is good, because they don't love trying to draft those), because they can move Mathias Kiwanuka back up to defensive end full-time. But they do need to keep an eye on the future as Kiwanuka and Justin Tuck get older. So with their third-round pick (No. 81 overall), the Giants selected defensive end Damontre Moore of Texas A&M.
Moore was extremely well regarded a year ago, and there's no denying his talent or his collegiate production (26.5 sacks in three seasons). For those reasons, he represented great value for the Giants at the pick. So what's the catch? Well, there are concerns about the kind of young man he is. He's got a marijuana possession bust on his record, and the pre-draft process raised concerns around the league about his maturity and practice habits. He doesn't seem to have a motivation problem when he's on the field, as his sack numbers attest, but the Giants' coaching staff has a project on its hands with a player who may need help focusing at a professional football level if his talent is to translate into NFL success. The Giants believe in the ability of their coaching staff and the other players in their locker room to handle those kinds of situations, and they hope Moore will be their next success story.