Texas A&M Pro Day: Moore struggles with injury, Joeckel strong in drills
DE Damontre Moore battled a hamstring injury at Texas A&M's pro day, while OT Luke Joeckel and WR Ryan Swope only performed positional drills
COLLEGE STATION - Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore put together an uneven pro day performance Friday, hampered by a hamstring injury that limited his ability to rebound from a subpar showing at the Scouting Combine last month.
Moore and the other prospects on-hand worked out for representatives from all 32 NFL teams, led by a contingent of five from the New York Jets, including head coach Rex Ryan.
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, a former Texas A&M Aggie himself, was also in attendance.
Moore began the morning with 19 reps on the 225-pound bench press, which was an improvement from only 12 in Indianapolis. However he decided not to run the 40-yard dash due to the hamstring, resting with his 4.94-second result from the combine. Moore did look better in the 3-cone (7.05) and short shuttle (4.31) drills on Friday.
Moore said he tweaked his hamstring at the combine and aggravated the injury while performing his 3-cone drill. Despite wincing in obvious pain, he also took part in the positional drills, working out with both the defensive linemen and linebackers.
"I fought through it and put my best foot forward," Moore said. "I got my bench press up and ran decent times."
Moore thought about not participating in the drills due to the hamstring injury, but wanted to perform for scouts.
"For him, his evaluation will be off video and how he played," said Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin. "He wouldn't be a projected first rounder if he didn't play like it."
Offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, the top-rated prospect by NFLDraftScout.com and a possible target for the Kansas City Chiefs with the No. 1 overall pick, and wide receiver Ryan Swope decided to rest on their combine results, only participating in the positional drills Friday.
Oakland Raiders offensive line coach Tony Sparano put Joeckel through a battery of blocking tests, while Swope caught passes from former Aggie quarterback Jerrod Johnson. Both performed well and kept their positive draft momentum pointing north.
Joeckel has a formal workout with the Chiefs scheduled for March 22 in Kansas City and also spent time with the Oakland Raiders' staff Thursday night and Friday.
Swope, who tied for the second-fastest 40 at the combine with a 4.34, said he wasn't surprised to post such a fast time.
"My goal was to be fast and compete. I wanted to set the standard high," he said.
Sumlin said he was impressed with the Aggies' all-time receiving leader and that his combine workout really helped his NFL standing.
"His workout today probably helped him a little more," Sumlin said.
TEXAS A&M Pro Day Notes:
Running back Christine Michael decided to stand with his numbers from the combine, but did look outstanding during positional drills. He caught the ball well out of the backfield and looked explosive in his cuts.
Michael also attempted to clear up a "misunderstanding" after reports surfaced that he missed multiple meetings with teams at the combine. However, he explained that he was extremely sick that week and it was more of a misunderstanding. Michael said he already apologized to the teams and has formal workouts scheduled with the Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings.
Wide receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu, who didn't receive a combine invitation, helped himself in front of scouts with very good times across the board. He ran his 40-yard dash in the mid-4.4 range and added a 39.5-inch vertical and 10'10" broad jump. Nwachukwu also looked excellent in his routes and catching the ball away from his frame. He showed on Friday that he definitely has the physical talent to make it at the next level.
Other Texas A&M prospects who performed well included Sean Porter, Steven Jenkins and Spencer Nealy. A pair of under-the-radar safeties also turned heads: Steven Campbell and Steven Terrell. Terrell had a 38.5-inch vertical while Campbell registered a 40.5-inch vertical and 11'5" broad jump, which both would have ranked him among the top two performers at the combine.
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