Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 21, 2005.
Giants select...Eric Moore
DE | (6'4", 268, 4.76) | FLORIDA STATE
Strengths: Is an active and athletic defensive end. Has good height and the frame to improve his bulk. Shows good initial quickness and anticipation skills. Shows some burst when closing in on the QB as a pass rusher. He has good COD skills and flashes the ability to get back inside on double moves. His array of pass rush moves has improved with more experience. He is active and flashes playmaking skills versus the run. Is at his best when on the move. Will slip blocks and make plays in space. Has a good motor in pursuit and is a solid open field tackler.
Weaknesses: Excels at rushing the passer at the college level but lacks elite speed. Has decent but not good size. Has the frame to get bigger, but lacks ideal bulk and base. Gets pushed around when reached in the running game and does not show a consistent ability to stand his ground when teams run at him. Has poor run/pass recognition. Durability was a problem as a senior. Mental capacity; nine on Wonderlic Test.
Overall: Moore played in 10 games as a reserve DE in his true freshman season in 2001. He played as a backup in all but three games as a sophomore in '02 and missed those three games as a result of his appendix having to be removed. He returned as a fulltime starter (the only non-senior starter) as a junior in '03, finishing with 12 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. Moore had a disappointing senior season in 2004, missing two games because of injury and finishing with just 17 tackles, 5.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks. Moore is tall and has the frame to get bigger but he is never going to be big or strong enough to play an every-down role at DE in the NFL. He lacks great top-end speed and he gets pushed around too much when reached at the point of attack. However, Moore is athletic and has some proven pass-rushing ability. That's why he still has Day 2 value as a pass rush specialist as a situational 4-3 DE or 3-4 rush linebacker in the NFL.
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