Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore's stock can't really get much higher, so he has decided to officially declare for the 2013 NFL Draft.
The news comes from ESPN's Joe Schad:
Texas A&M confirms DE Damontre Moore to enter NFL Draft— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) December 31, 2012
Texas A&M fans will surely be disappointed in losing their most valuable player not named Johnny, but if Moore were to come back for his senior year, there wouldn't really be anything new for him to accomplish.
He simply did it all in 2012.
The 6'4", 250-pound athletic freak of nature led the Aggies in solo tackles (54), total tackles (80), tackles for loss (20.0) and sacks (12.5). Those last two numbers were good enough to rank him in the top five in the entire country.
Moore, who recorded 24.0 tackles for loss and 14.0 sacks during his first two seasons in College Station, didn't enter the year with much buzz. But after establishing himself as one of the most feared, versatile and unblockable defensive players in the nation, the buzz surrounding the junior couldn't be, um, buzzier.
According to ESPN's Todd McShay, Moore has improved his stock in 2012 better than any other prospect and is currently "the No. 1 defensive end in a loaded class of DEs."
Over at CBS Sports, the Rowlett native is listed as the second best defensive end and No. 8 prospect overall.
In fact, it would probably take you a long time to find someone who doesn't see Moore—someone who is solid against the run, dangerous as a pass-rusher and has a gaudy combination of size, length, strength and speed—as a potential top-10 pick.
If you listen closely, you can hear NFL quarterbacks chuckling nervously with news that Moore will soon be disrupting backfields on Sundays.