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Dre Moore, DT

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 305 | College: Maryland
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If not for a chance meeting at Independence High School, Moore might have never found football.

Spotted by head coach Tommy Knotts in the hallway during his junior year, Moore's size greatly impressed the coach. After several meetings, he convinced Moore to join the junior varsity. The following season, he would go on to earn All-State honors, prompting a fierce recruiting war for his services.

With his perfect blend of size, speed and agility, Moore is a strong, quick defensive tackle who can tie up the interior of the line. The two-year starter struggled early in his collegiate career, but since the 2006 season, he slowly developed into one of the more feared interior linemen in the Atlantic Coast Conference ranks.

An avid weightlifter, Moore posted the third-highest strength index (a measure of pound-for-pound strength) on the team in the spring of 2006 and the highest strength index in spring 2007 testing. An "Iron Terp" in each of his last four springs, his 365-pound power clean in 2005 was a school record for defensive linemen (broken by Dean Muhtadi in 2007).

In his lone season playing varsity football at Independence High School, Moore was one of four All-State performers on a team that featured National Player of the Year quarterback Chris Leak (Florida). Moore registered 107 tackles (69 solo), 12 stops for losses and three sacks. He was a first-team All-State selection by the Associated Press, adding All-Conference, All-County and All-District for the Patriots and was invited to play in the Shrine Bowl (North Carolina all-stars vs. South Carolina all-stars). His team went 13-0 and beat its opponents by an average score of 51-8 en route to the state championship.

Moore enrolled at Maryland in 2003, spending the year on the scout team after turning down scholarship offers from North Carolina, East Carolina, Wake Forest and Duke. He saw action as a reserve defensive tackle in the final eight games of the 2004 season, making 12 tackles (six solo) with a sack and three pressures.

In 2005, Moore appeared in 10 games, starting the final three contests at weak-side defensive tackle. He posted 18 tackles (eight solo) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage, after recovering from early season right ankle woes that forced him to sit out the Temple clash.

As a junior, Moore started 10 games, including seven at weak-side tackle and three at nose guard. He was in on 47 tackles (23 solo), 3.5 sacks and 7.5 stops for losses. He had four pressures with a forced fumble and also deflected one pass.

Moore's play elevated his senior year, garnering All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors. He recorded 63 tackles (26 solo) with six sacks and 8.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also picked off a pass, batted away another and caused two fumbles while starting all thirteen contests at weak-side tackle.


Positives: Has a tall, angular frame -- much like Kevin Williams (Minnesota) when he entered the league -- with room to carry at least another 20 pounds of bulk without having the added weight impact his overall quickness … Has a tight waist, minimal body fat and a body that looks more like that of a tall linebacker than a squatty defensive tackle … Shows the quick feet and short-area balance to gain reps at defensive end … Has good upper-body muscle development and pound-for-pound, was one of the strongest players in the Atlantic Coast Conference … Has thick calves and thighs … Durable athlete with the size and speed you look for in a down lineman and has developed better read-and-react skills, along with much better consistency, as experience was something he lacked (only played one year of varsity football in high school) … Still a work in progress recognizing the play, but when playing in the short area, he shows a good feel for plays directed at him and a better feel for when to use his limited burst to impact the rush lanes … Did a better job of coming out of his stance and attacking the offensive guard with hands properly extended as a senior … Takes a bit of time to recognize the play, but when he does, he comes off blocks effectively and reacts with good change of direction to the flow of the ball … No longer buries his head (loses sight of the ball) but keeps it on a swivel to react to plays in front of him … Has the lateral range and movement skills to string plays wide working down the line … Has the upper-body strength to rock blockers back with his hand punch, but also showed marked improvement sticking his foot into the ground to anchor vs. inside running plays … Has the power at the point of attack to play with good leverage and had good success in one-on-one confrontations in 2007, thanks to more effective hand usage … Has the power to stack and split double teams, but is only effective when he keeps his pads down and does not get high in his stance (will get pushed back when he gets too tall) … Can stack and shed when he keeps his hands inside his frame … When he plays low in his pads, he has much better success generating power and inverting blockers to disrupt the running game … When he keeps his hands active, he can disengage from blocks quick enough to make the play … His motor is inconsistent, but he shows the hip snap to make plays in lateral pursuit (better in the box, as he does not like going long distances) … Can play the cutback block … When he leaves his feet, he struggles to finish, but when he stays low in his pads and wraps, he can face up and strike with good force … More of a bull rusher due to limited pass-rush moves, but has a quick spin to be effective with his straight-line push (will struggle when he takes a wide path or when asked to execute line stunts) … Needs to use his hands better to protect his feet, but can jolt a blocker or rock back a ballcarrier when he generates a hand punch and also showed better hand usage as a senior when trying to get placement and control the blocker (finally learned how to extend his arms, grab and jerk down his opponent) … Has good speed closing on the quarter, but must show better plant-and-drive agility, as he struggles to recover when outrunning the ball … Shows the burst to defeat a lethargic blocker and seems to be developing a better concept for taking angles in his backside pursuit (still won't chase to far outside the box).

Negatives: Consistency and concentration have been very inconsistent throughout his career … Has good knee bend, but would be more effective working down the line if he played at a lower pad level, as his high stance and adequate hand usage has allowed blockers to gett to his jersey, latch on and control … Played with better urgency as a senior, but does go through long concentration lapses and is not the type that will get involved in plays away from his territory (has the range, but it is rare to see him downfield) … Struggled with academics throughout his career and, due to a combination of marginal instincts and adequate intelligence, he will struggle to digest a playbook or play in a complicated scheme … Has very good timed speed, but until his senior year, he failed to generate much explosion coming off the snap … Needs to show quick-twitch moves, as he will generally look lost or disinterested in his rolling start off the snap … Lacks a good feel for blocking pressure and is not quick making reads, but will close quickly when he does locate the ball … Needs to sink his weight better and take a lower charge off the snap, as he can be pushed back on his heels when he gets too tall and narrows his base … Gets taken down to the ground too much, due to poor hand usage, as he does not use them well to keep blockers away from his body despite his long reach … Needs to translate that weight-room strength to the playing field with a stronger hand punch … Responds better to patient coaching than a hard approach … When he narrows his base, he fails to anchor and the result is minimal success combating double teams … With his long reach, he needs to show better timing getting his hands up at the line of scrimmage to deflect passes … Best playing in tight quarters, as he looks sluggish trying to chase down open-field plays (also leaves his feet at times to try to make the tackle).

Compares To: KRIS JENKINS-Carolina … Aside from similar Maryland background, both have taken strikingly comparable paths to the National Football League. They're late bloomers in high school who went through growing pains earlier in their college careers. Moore is lighter than the more stout Jenkins, but both have strong bull-rush skills to consistently pressure the pocket. Moore was much more consistent as a senior, as he played with better awareness, a trait that was lacking most of his career. He still needs a tough coach to light the fire, but he has the athletic ability to be a dominant run stuffer if he can keep his head in the game.

Career Notes

In 44 games at Maryland, Moore started 26 contests, including 23 at weak-side tackle and three at nose guard … Recorded 140 tackles (63 solo) with 10.5 sacks for minus-49 yards, 17.5 stops for losses of 64 yards and nine quarterback pressures … Caused three fumbles, deflected two passes and returned an interception 12 yards … His 365-pound power clean is the second-best total ever by a Terrapin player.

2007 Season

Super Sleeper Team selection by The NFL Draft Report … All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team choice … Started all 13 games at weak-side defensive tackle, leading the team with six sacks for minus-41 yards, the most by a Terrapin in a season since Shawne Merriman had 8.5 sacks in 2004 … Recorded 63 tackles (26 solo) with 8.5 stops for losses of 45 yards and two quarterback pressures … Caused two fumbles and deflected a pass … Also had a 12-yard interception return.

2007 Game Analysis

Villanova … Moore had only three solo tackles in the season opener, but two of those hits produced sacks, as he took down QB Antwon Young for a 7-yard loss at the MD 26 with 5:38 left in the first half … Added a 6-yard sack of Young at the VU 19 in the fourth quarter … Head to Head Competition-OG#77-Peter Caroppolo (6:03-285).

Florida International … The weak-side tackle posted just one solo tackle, but it stopped Daunte Owens for no gain on a second-&-10 snap at the Fiu 19 in the third quarter … Head to Head Competition-OG#69-Alex Szima (6:02-322).

West Virginia … Moore delivered three tackles, including one that took down tailback Steve Slaton for a 3-yard loss on a first quarter rushing attempt at the MD 31 … Head to Head Competition-OG#79-Gary Isdaner (6:04-315).

Wake Forest … The Terrapins defender delivered five tackles (3 solos), coming up with a key stop when he leveled tailback Micah Andrews for no gain on a fourth quarter first-&-goal run at the MD 1-yard line … Head to Head Competition-OG#79-Matthew Brim (6:04-294).

Rutgers … Moore was credited with three tackles, as he assisted in a stop behind the line of scrimmage, caused a fumble and deflected a pass … He stripped tailback Ray Rice from the ball and linebacker Eri Henderson recovered it at the RU 39 late in the second quarter … Rice was later stopped for a 1-yard loss by Moore at the RU 43 midway through the third quarter … The defensive tackle later batted down a Mike Teel pass in the fourth quarter …

Head to Head Competition-OG#72-Mike Fladell (6:08-320).

Georgia Tech … The defensive tackle posted four assisted tackles, twice taking down tailback Tashard Choice for no gains on a pair of running plays and also did the same to Rashaun Grant on a first-&-10 run at the MD 25 late in the fourth quarter … Head to Head Competition-OG#61-Matt Rhodes (6:03-282).

Virginia … Moore made a career-high ten tackles (3 solos), as he sacked QB Jameel Sewell for a 5-yard loss at the MD 29 on the game's opening drive and sacked Sewell again for minus 6 yards at midfield four minutes into the second frame … Head to Head Competition-OG#71-Branden Albert (6:07-310) and #77-Ian-Yates Cunningham (6:03-298)

Clemson … Moore was in on seven tackles with a stop for a loss, as he also caused a fumble when he leveled QB Cullen Harper at the Tigers 33 after a 6-yard run late in the first quarter and later sniffed out a Harper screen pass, taking down Aaron Kelly for a 2-yard loss at the Terps 29 with 1:01 left in the first half … Head to Head Competition-OG#68-Chris McDuffie (6:05-330).

North Carolina … The Terrapin defensive co-captain made seven tackles, including one that stopped Johnny White for no gain on a run at the Terps 16 with 3:44 left in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition-OG#73-Aaron Stahl (6:03-297).

Boston College … Moore generated five tackles (3 solos), as he sacked QB Matt Ryan for a 10-yard loss early in the first quarter and later picked off a Ryan pass for a 12-yard return to the BC 14 late in the opening frame, setting up a 5-yard touchdown run by Maryland's Lance Ball … Head to Head Competition-OG#78-Ty Hall (6:04-290).

Florida State … Moore added seven tackles (5 solos), including a 7-yard sack of QB Drew Weatherford at the start of the second half, making up for a costly first quarter personal foul that led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Weatherford … Head to Head Competition-OG#62-Rodney Hudson (6:02-286).

North Carolina State … Produced a QB pressure and three assisted tackles, including one that stopped Jamelle Eugene for a 1-yard loss at the State 24 on a late third quarter running play … Head to Head Competition-OG#69-Kalani Heppe (6:04-300).

Oregon State (Emerald Bowl) … Closed out his career with four tackles (3 solos), including a pressure of QB Lyle Moevao that led to an incomplete pass at the start of the second quarter … Head to Head Competition-OG#62-Jeremy Perry (6:02-329).

2006 Season

Shared the James M. Tatum Award with Stephon Heyer as the Terps' Lineman of the Year … Played in 13 games, starting vs. William & Mary, Georgia Tech and Virginia at nose guard and vs. North Carolina State, Boston College, Florida State, Clemson, Miami, Wake Forest and Purdue (Champs Sports Bowl) at weak-side defensive tackle … Recorded 47 tackles (23 solo) with 3.5 sacks for minus-6 yards and 7.5 stops for losses of 15 yards … Had four quarterback pressures, a forced fumble and a pass deflection.

2006 Game Analysis

Opened the season with four tackles and a stop for a 3-yard loss vs. William & Mary … Had six tackles (3 solos), as he sacked QB Clint Marks twice for minus 5 yards vs. Middle Tennessee State … Assisted in sacking QB Patrick White and posted four tackles in the West Virginia clash … Posted four tackles (3 solos) and stopped tailback Jason Snelling behind the line of scrimmage vs. Virginia … Had another four hits vs. North Caroolina State and three tackles, including one that stopped tailback James Davis for a 1-yard loss vs. Clemson … Totaled eight tackles (3 solos) as he twice stopped tailback Jarvaris James behind the line of scrimmage vs. Miami … Had six tackles (4 solos) vs. Wake Forest and a pair of hits vs. Purdue in the Champs Sports Bowl.

2005 Season

Appeared in 10 games, starting at weak-side defensive tackle vs. Boston College. North Carolina and North Carolina State … Sat out the Temple clash with a right ankle sprain … Finished with 18 tackles (eight solo) and a stop for a five-yard loss.

2005 Game Analysis

Made three tackles (two solo) vs. Navy in the season opener … Added a season-high six tackles (two solo) vs. Virginia Tech … Took down tailback Reggie McGill behind the line of scrimmage in the first quarter and assisted in stopping McGill again for a three-yard loss in overtime in a 33-30 decision over North Carolina … Added two tackles in each of the West Virginia, Florida State and Boston College games.

2004 Season

Played in the team's final eight games as a reserve defensive tackle, recording 12 tackles (six solo) with a two-yard sack, 1.5 stops for losses of four yards and three quarterback pressures.

2004 Game Analysis

Collected four tackles and combined with linebacker D'Qwell Jackson to collapse the line and stop tailback Chris Barclay for a four-yard loss in the second quarter, as he also pressured a Cory Randolph throw in the fourth quarter, forcing an incompletion and a third-and-long vs. Wake Forest … Added another four tackles (one solo) as he put pressure on QB Bryan Randall from the right side and leveled him as he released the ball in the first quarter vs. Virginia Tech … Notched his first career sack, taking down Charlie Whitehurst for a loss of two yards vs. Clemson … Added three hits (2 solos) in the Georgia Tech game.

2003 Season

Redshirted as a freshman, performing on the scout team … Named scout team player of the week three times, earning the recognition vs. The Citadel, Clemson and North Carolina State.

Injury Report

2003: Suffered a concussion in fall camp.

2005: Sat out the Temple game (10/05) with a right ankle sprain.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.82 in the 40-yard dash … 490-pound bench press … Bench pressed 225 pounds 36 times … 670-pound squat … 365-pound power clean … 34 1/2-inch vertical jump … 4.65 20-yard shuttle … 32 5/8-inch arm length … 10 5/8-inch hands … Right-handed … 16/25 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 31 reps on 225-pound bench … 4.84 40-yard dash … 28-inch vertical jump … 8'9" broad jump … 4.55 20-yard shuttle … 7.73 three-cone drill.

High School

Attended Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) High School, playing football as a senior for head coach Tommy Knotts … Did not play organized football until he was asked to join the junior varsity as a junior … Became one of four All-State performers on a team that also featured National Player of the Year quarterback Chris Leak (Florida) … Registered 107 tackles (69 solos), 12 stops for losses and three sacks … First-team All-State pick by the Associated Press, adding All-Conference, All-County and All-District for the Patriots … Invited to play in the Shrine Bowl (North Carolina all-stars vs. South Carolina all-stars) … His team went 13-0 and beat its opponents by an average of 51-8 en route to the state championship.


Graduated in December 2007 with a degree in Family Studies … Son of Lois and Melvin Moore … Born 6/09/85 … Resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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