Nov 17, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A

NFL Combine: Damontre Moore Disappoints in Bench Press

Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore has been a popular pick for the Lions in mock drafts. It makes sense considering his production on the field, physical traits, projected development and the team’s need for a pass rusher.

However, Moore’s early showing at the combine has been less than spectacular and it is fair to wonder how far it could knock him down draft boards. It doesn’t make sense to overreact to combine testing considering it is but one part of an overall picture by which prospects should be evaluated, but red flags are concerning and warrant closer scrutiny. A big red flag went up concerning Moore today as the defensive linemen did their bench press reps.

Compare that to what SMU’s Margus Hunt did:

Does a poor bench press mean Moore isn’t worthy of a top five pick? Not necessarily but it means teams that would have considered him have more work to do before feeling comfortable making a heavy investment in Moore. Not everyone has agreed that Moore is a blue chip prospect. Russ Lande is one draft analyst who left Moore out of a recent first round mock. News like this might make opinions like Lande’s more the rule than the exception. Time will tell.

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