Scouting The Emerald Bowl - Maryland Vs Oregon St.

The Emerald Bowl was a fun game to watch as two teams with a physical style of play battled each other to the very end. Maryland is a team that prefers to pound the football but couldn't get the running game established against a very good Oregon State linebacker corp. In the end, the Beavers were the team that ran the ball up and down the field and they came from behind to win a tough football game.

In terms of scouting, there was really only one player who I wanted to see and his name is Dre Moore. The Terps best sack master since Shawne Merriman, the All-ACC Dre Moore had an absolutely fantastic game and has surely risen up many a draft board. Every year features a defensive lineman who somehow sneaks into the first round of the NFL Draft (John McCargo, Justin Harrell, )and Moore can continue that trend with a nice Senior Bowl and Combine. Here is my scouting report on Dre Moore after his performance at the Emerald Bowl:

DT Dre Moore (6"4" 311lbs)
Senior - 59 total tackles, 8.5 TFLs, 6 sacks

Big and strong with a good motor. Has relatively long arms for the position and knows how to use them to keep defenders off him. Will bat down the pass on occasion. Plays with good leverage and has a variety of pass rush techniques, including a very effective swim move. Stout at the point of attack; handles two blockers well. Doesn't get push around and at the very least maintains his ground. Gets good penetration up the middle to pressure the Quarterback and plays the run well. He'll run down the ball carrier and make a play. Athletic and fast for his size. Plays a lot of snaps.

Is very versatile: on goal-line situations Moore lines up directly in the middle of the formation, indicating he is the team's most powerful player. In situations where the defense gives a 3-4 look, Moore lines up at Left Defensive End and Nose Guard. When the the Terps are playing the 4-3, Moore lines up frequently at Left Defensive Tackle but also switches to the Right as times.

Quiet leader who is not a character risk, has all the measurables, and will attract many teams after they get a closer look at him during the pre-Draft process.

Grade: Lower First Round, High Second Round (20-40 range)

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December 28, 2007

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