Dontay Moch NFL Draft Scouting Report

Dontay Moch
6'1, 248 pounds | Defensive end/ outside linebacker | Nevada

Pass rush:
Speed is the name of Dontay Moch's pass rushing game.  He has tremendous acceleration and quickness that allows him to threaten the edge.  His snap awareness gives him a good jump off the ball and complements his speed.  Moch also possesses exceptional savvy as he knows how to time blitzes and effectively execute a stunt.  He appears to be a great candidate for a rush outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.  However, it will be imperative that he lands on a team with a creative defensive coordinator that will move him around to create mismatches.  While Moch can create pressure, he is kind of a one trick pony in that he lacks any true counter moves.  He lacks the strength to employ a consistently effective bull rush and typically seeks the edge on every play.  Moch does get good leverage and knows how to use his hands but just lacks enough power. 

Pursuit: Moch has the quickness and tenacity to chase the football.  His speed allows him to close the back door and chase the ball carrier from behind.  Moch is a tough player that is always giving 100% and that is a key factor when it comes to pursuit.

Run defense: If Moch lines up on the defensive line, NFL teams will attempt the run the ball down his throat.  He doesn't possess the lower body strength to hold at the point of attack.  Moch struggles to disengage once an offensive lineman gets their hands on him.  However, his suddenness gives hope as he is able to work his way around the blocker.  He also keeps his head up and is able to locate the football.  Overall, it is going to be a struggle for Moch to effectively defend the run from the defensive end position.

Strength: Its not that Moch doesn't have strength its that he is typically over-matched size-wise.  It is tough for a guy weighing 248 lbs to hold strong against a 310 lbs offensive lineman.  However, if Moch has any hope it will be thanks to his good pad level and inside hands. 

Tackling: Moch is a sure and dependable tackler.  He keeps his heads up and breaks down prior to attempting the tackle.  He has the coordination to make adjustments as the ball carrier attempts to avoid the tackle.  However, he is more of a catcher rather than explosive tackler.

Technique: Keeping his pad level low and gaining leverage are keys to Moch's success.  Moch has sound technique in all aspects of his game which helps him overcome some of his issues.  He fires off the ball low and routinely gets inside hands.  His low pad level helps him stay clean as he works his way to the edge.


Final word: Moch has the potential to be a good pass rusher in the NFL.  However, he needs to find a true position and work on developing counter moves.  It appears likely that he will need to transition to linebacker which will require time for development.  Moch might be one of the most intriguing prospects in the draft because he is someone with great athletic ability but several question marks.

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