Even though the Green Bay Packers went heavily defensive in the 2012 NFL Draft, that's not to say they'll ignore it this year. While there are issues on the offensive side of the ball at running back and along the line, the pass rush the Packers need defensively is still largely missing.
Which is all to say there are a ton of ways to go in the first round.
I've seen Texas A&M's Damontre Moore compared to former Atlanta Falcon John Abraham, and given the production of Abraham over the last few years in Atlanta, that comparison requires a closer look.
Name: Damontre Moore
School: Texas A&M
40-yard Dash: 4.95 seconds
Bench: 12 reps
Vertical: 35.5 inches *4th Overall Performer
Broad: 122 inches *Tied 4th Overall Performer
3 Cone: N/A
Short Shuttle: N/A
After a middling Combine effort, there's a good chance Moore will be around for the Packers at the 26th pick.
The question is, will he be worth it?
We all get too wrapped up in Combine Madness and it's easy to forget everything you learned watching a player's tape. Often that happens with "workout warriors", but the reverse can also happen.
Moore may be that guy, sliding a bit because of a mediocre Combine.
One thing I like about Moore is that he was able to shift from linebacker to defensive end and not miss a beat as the team shifted to a 4-3 defense.
That versatility and adaptability is something any team will be happy to have and points to a pretty sharp mind as well.
Physically, there is a lot to like as well.
Moore shows great speed off the edge and closes very fast on the ball-carrier. Yes, his 40 time at the Combine was poor, but on film he plays much faster. He has a great nose for the ball and ball-carrier and descends upon both with great ferocity.
Moore was good at forcing turnovers as well, and rips at the ball when he can as he tackles.
As much as he can come off the edge, he also excels coming in on a stunt or a slant, and no matter where he lines up, Moore shows a great first punch when bulling tackles and forcing them backwards.
When needed, Moore is very capable in pass coverage, whether taking on a tight end or just dropping back into short coverage.
Most importantly for a potential Green Bay defensive player, Moore can run stop. Moore can fill up a hole and stone a running back and is an excellent tackler.
On the downside, he's not incredibly quick off the snap and some tackles will get their punch in first and stymie him. He can often recover, but that half second is all it takes sometimes in the NFL for a quarterback to get his pass off.
While he is a solid run blocker, at times he lets his pad level get up and will sometimes try to move around a blocker rather than shed them.
Moore needs to develop some better overall technique as well as some different moves when pass rushing, especially a better spin move. He also needs to be more patient setting the edge in run defense—when he tries to get around blocks, he can be pushed out of position.
Moore is a very good prospect, but can he be great? Was his production a matter of circumstance or can he be the consistent edge rusher the Packers need?
Ultimately, I believe him to be a somewhat raw, but very intriguing prospect who could step in early and contribute for Green Bay. The problem with that is, they have several "developmental" prospects already—Nick Perry and the injured Jerel Worthy come to mind—and having another one who might or might not pan out seems a little risky.
If a player like offensive tackle D.J. Fluker or guard Jonathan Cooper or perhaps a tight end like Tyler Eifert is there, wouldn't they be a safer and more quickly productive alternative?
I haven't even delved into safety or cornerback.
Moore has the look of a very good player at the NFL level, but there are enough question marks that if I'm the Packers (and depending on who is on the board of course) I'd probably go another way.
However, if the Packers do draft Moore and round off the sharp edges of his game, they could end up with one of the better pass rushers in the 2013 NFL Draft.
All measurables from NFL.com