On Tuesday, the 2013 NFL Combine came to a close from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It was a productive four-day event, providing an atmosphere for teams and players to convene and get some one-on-one time with one another.
With the scouting combine wrapped up, all that is left to go before the NFL Draft are the pro days. These are optional, of course, but many prospects that were not pleased with their combine performance get a do-over. The school's pro days are held from March 1 to April 2, giving NFL teams an entire month's worth of evaluating.
On March 8, Texas A&M will hold their official pro day, which will feature, but is not exclusive to, defensive end Damontre Moore. The reason Moore is an interesting story is because he is the only Aggie with a first-round grade, and he had an uninspiring combine performance.
Moore ran a slow forty-time, posting a lousy 4.95 in Indianapolis.
For someone that was widely considered a top-25 pick, scouts are going to need to see an improvement at his pro day. Heading into the month of March, Moore's next forty time should be among the most scrutinized pre-draft gossip. There are a lot of very talented defensive prospects in this year's draft, and the truth is, NFL teams would prefer a DUI over a slow forty.
Even though Moore was a productive player on the field, certain teams care if you can run fast. Especially teams that consistently pick among the top-10 (see: Oakland Raiders).
If Moore does not improve his forty-time, he could get knocked out of the top-25 on Day 1.
|Texas A&M||March 8||Luke Joeckel, OT; Christine Michael, RB; Damontre Moore, DE; Uzoma Nwachukwu, WR; Sean Porter, LB; Jonathan Stewart, LB; Ryan Swope, WR|
Luke Joeckel is the expected No. 1 overall pick by many, with the Chiefs in need of a blindside protector for newly acquired QB Alex Smith. Current left tackle Branden Albert may explore free agency, which would force Kansas City to use their first choice on a franchise offensive lineman.
His pro day will have zero impact on his draft status.
Meanwhile, Ryan Swope is an interesting prospect. He ran a blazing 4.34 forty, which impressed many scouts. With the effectiveness of smaller stature slot-type receivers like Wes Welker and Percy Harvin, teams can find a place for a guy like Swope.
He has commanded some attention already with his fort and might want to leave it as is -- unless he thinks he can run a high 4.2.
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