HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – The third Aggie drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft is headed for the Big Apple. The New York Giants selected defensive end Damontre Moore, 6-4 and 250 pounds, in the third round with the 81st overall pick.
As a junior at Texas A&M, Moore recorded 12 1/2 sacks and earned all-SEC first team honors in the school’s inaugural season in the SEC conference. He was backup to Vonn Miller, the second-overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Moore played a combination of outside linebacker and defensive end as a sophomore. He converted to a standing defensive end during his junior year under the new head coach Kevin Sumlin. Moore finished his three-year career in College Station with 116 tackles and 26 1/2 sacks, ranking ninth in the FBS last season with .96 sacks per game.
While his college career garnered him much attention, Moore’s combine performance was disappointing: 12 repetitions on bench press, 4.95 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Moore, who is from Rowlett, Texas, has a great motor and leverage. He can get to the quarterback from both sides with his above average closing speed or get down the field to make tackles. Moore, though, could help himself make the transition to DE at the NFL level by increasing his size and strength and being able to fight through blocks against stronger lineman.