Kentwan Balmer Vs. Dre Moore

You'll often see mock drafts where the Chargers are selecting Defensive Tackle Kentwan Balmer with the 27th overall pick. On one hand, I'm glad people realize the Chargers need to address depth along the defensive line. But at the same time, I wonder why Balmer is rated so highly - a sure fire first rounder - and yet a very similar type of player in Dre Moore is rated so low.

Lets compare the two and get a closer look at their similarities:

DT Kentwan Blamer - 6'4" 308lbs

Junior and Senior Seasons
2006 GP: 10 TKL: 16 TFL: 2.5 SCK: 2.5
2007 GP: 12 TKL: 59 TFL: 9.5 SCK: 3.5

Combine Stats
40 Yrd Dash: 5.29
20 Yrd Dash: 3.04
10 Yrd Dash: 1.71
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 33
Vertical Jump: 29
Broad Jump: 08'07"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.82
3-Cone Drill: 7.65

DT Dre Moore - 6'4" 305lbs

Junior and Senior Seasons
2006 GP: 13 TKL: 47 TFL: 7.5 SCK: 3.5
2007 GP: 13 TKL: 63 TFL: 8.5 SCK: 6.0

Combine Stats
40 Yrd Dash: 4.84

20 Yrd Dash: 2.70
10 Yrd Dash: 1.62
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 31
Vertical Jump: 28
Broad Jump: 08'09"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.55
3-Cone Drill: 7.73

So let me get this straight...Dre Moore is just as big and strong as Kentwan Balmer but also quicker and faster. Moore had a better college career statistically and yet he is rated far lower than Balmer is almost every draft publication and website. And to top it all off, they played in the same conference! I'm sorry, but I just don't understand why Moore doesn't get the love he deserves. In a draft class that isn't particularly deep at defensive tackle, I rate Moore as the third best DT... right behind Sedrick Ellis and Glenn Dorsey.

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Victor said... Mar 28, 2008, 11:16:00 AM

I think you highlighted the wrong 3-cone drill :) I agree, its a good question, why is it so different? I don't follow these teams closely, did Balmer play against better programs? My inclination is to trade down the Bolts 1st for 2 seconds from the falcons and take Moore or Sims with one pick and and RB with the other.

Rob Zepeda said... Mar 29, 2008, 11:10:00 AM

Nice catch on the three cone drill!

Balmer and Moore played against the exact same teams! Its mind-boggling to me how over-rated Balmer is. Not only did Moore and Balmer face the same competition, Moore went to Bowl games and played in the Senior Bowl and Balmer did neither.

I think you are right on the money there suggesting a trade down. We need more picks in a year where there are lots of good players in rounds 2,3, and 4.

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