Fair or unfair what a player does in his shorts can affect how much he earns by putting pads on. Such is the nature of the NFL’s scouting combine. Every year there’s a combine freak that shoots up draft boards as front office personnel fall in love with a workout while ignoring the game tape.
By the same token there is always some poor soul that loses millions because he doesn’t hit some magic number on the stopwatch or fails to put up 225 an acceptable amount of times.
Which brings me to Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore who did himself no favors with a poor combine showing. As recently as last week many had Moore penciled in as the ideal pick for the Oakland Raiders at #3 in April’s draft. Then a 40 time slower than some offensive linemen combined with a performance on bench press only a cornerback would envy has left many wondering if Moore is even worth a first round pick let alone a top 10 selection.
Before we bury Moore let’s not forget that there have been plenty of guys that have wowed at the combine and wrecked in the NFL.
However there was already some doubt as to whether or not his stock was legit or simply media hype even prior to the poor showing in Indianapolis.
As we know the Silver and Black sure could use a pass rusher and in a draft filled with talent on the D-line it looks nearly impossible to miss. But this is the NFL draft where busts happen more often than a marathon of Cops. Nothing is guaranteed except the fact that one way or another someone will miss the boat on Moore. Either he’s overhyped and will sucker some team into taking him way too high or he was overlooked and will make 31 other franchises pay for passing on his talent.