Pros: Has some quickness and a decent first step. Shows potential as a bull rusher with a decent swim move. Effective interior pass rusher and does a good job getting after the quarterback.
Cons: Lacks ideal edge speed. Looks stiff in space. Struggles against the run, can't get off blocks and gets pushed around at the point of attack. Lacks a killer instinct. Seems uninterested in playing the run, and lacks recognition.
Overview: What epitomizes Moore's play was in the Oregon State game where a 5-8/180 pound receiver James Rodgers effectively blocked him. He ﬂashes potential as a pass rusher, but is too inconsistent. Is most effective when USC lines up in a 3-man front, and is better rushing from the 5-technique than the 7. A two-year starter that played high school football in Warner Robins, GA.
NFL Forecast: Moore could potentially play DE in a 4-3 or 3-4. He's a more effective pass rusher in the 3-4, but because of his limitations vs. the run, he's probably a better fit in the 4-3 right now. But at best, he'll be a decent rotational player, but won't be a starter. If he can get stronger and better vs. the run, his NFL future will be brighter. But a player that I think will have a hard time sticking upon his second contract unless he makes significant improvements to his game, particularly vs. the run. As of right now, he fits best as a situational pass rusher in a 3-4 scheme, a niche that isn't very prevalent in the NFL.
ATL Forecast: Moore wouldn't be a good fit in Atlanta. He'd be a decent option in the rotation, but probably wouldn't add much that they don't already have, besides being another body that could eat minutes to give Abraham a rest. He'd play a similar role as an inside/ outside end as does Anderson, but probably wouldn't be an upgrade.
Value: Moore is worth drafting because he does have some ability as a pass rusher. But he's only a seventh round pick for a team looking for a bit of a project.
Scouting Reports of defensive ends in the 2009 NFL Draft.
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