Zachary ?Zach? Moore was a late bloomer in high school and drew attention from Big Ten teams, but he struggled to qualify and wasn?t eligible for the Division-I level, enrolling at Division-II Concordia-St. Paul (MN). He spent his true freshman season as a back-up before starting in 2010 and leading the team in tackles for loss (11.5) and sacks (10.0). Moore failed a course and was ruled ineligible for the 2011 season, but he worked on the scout team and continued his on-field development. He had his best statistical season in 2012 as a junior with 21.0 tackles for loss and 14.0 sacks, earning Division-II All-American honors, and although his stats in 2013 weren?t as impressive as the year prior, he again earned All-American status as a senior. Moore, who has a four-year old daughter, has NFL size and length with rangy athleticism and movement skills to make plays in the backfield and away from the line of scrimmage. He tends to think too much and needs to improve his awareness and vision before he?s ready for a contributing NFL role. Moore is an easy player to root for, never allowing himself to lose sight of his goals and battling back from adversity. Like most Division-II prospects, he still has room to develop fundamentally and mentally, but the tools and attitude lead you to believe he has a positive football future ahead of him ? draftable and would be the first player from Concordia (MN) to be selected in the NFL Draft.
STRENGTHS: Workable framework with long arms. Dedicated himself in the weight room and has developed his frame, weight and bulk. Natural body control and moves light on his feet to string plays out, showing quickness and range. Flexible athlete with loose joints and smooth movement skills. Aggressive hand use to rip through blocks, while keeping his momentum. Versatile playing experience, lining up in multiple fronts and inside and outside. Played just about every spot on the defensive line in college as a three-year starter (31 career starts). High energy and won?t cheat himself or his teammates. Mature, hard worker who is used to working his way up from the basement level. Positive outlook on life with reliable football character.
WEAKNESSES: Not very sudden and needs to improve his first step anticipation and burst. Bad habit of popping upright off the snap and needs to do a better job with his leverage, too often knocked on his heels. Will lose sight of the ball and needs to improve his backfield vision. Football sense and awareness are underdeveloped. Doesn?t show a diverse array of pass rush moves and needs to show more of a plan. Doesn?t always play with heavy hands. Will hunch and overextend himself at the waist. Struggled with academics and failed out of school in 2010.
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Patriots' picks: Round 6/198 - Zach Moore, DE, 6-5, 269, Concordia...Finally addressing a defensive end/pass rush need that many considered a high priority, New England went with a developmental talent from Division II. Moore certainly has an NFL frame and his 33 career sacks are impressive; he'll be looking to make a major leap in competition. - The Sports Xchange