Fantasy Impact: New York Giants Select Damontre Moore
With the 81st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected DE Damontre Moore (Texas A&M Aggies). At 6’4″ and 250 pounds, Moore is a “tweener,” not quite big enough to be a certain 4-3 DE and not quite fast enough to be a certain 3-4 OLB, though he’s probably a better fit as a 4-3 DE (which is what he’ll be doing for the Giants). Able to play interchangeably on both the right and left sides, Moore made a substantial impact in his match-up against Alabama’s stout offensive line.
Much of the debate about Moore focuses on the importance of college-level production. With 12.5 sacks in his junior year, Moore demonstrated the ability to get consistent pressure on opposing QBs, even with the Aggies’ move to the more competitive SEC. The bet here is that Moore’s production translates at the pro level, and that when all is said and done, he turns out to be a draft-day steal (particularly when compared to Barkevious Mingo). On passing downs, look for Moore to play outside with Pierre-Paul and for Tuck to bounce inside, replacing much of Osi Umenyiora’s 2012 production and enabling the Giants to continue to put a fearsome pass rush out on the field.
College statistics courtesy of Sports Reference.
Fantasy Impact: Initially, Moore will be the third DE in the Giants’ rotation, but he should get plenty of opportunities to get on the field as a rookie, and a half-dozen sacks is a reasonable expectation. Moore is one of the best pass-rushers in this draft, and will go down as one of the biggest value picks relative to his draft position. While his measurables aren’t at an elite-level, the steady rise in his production despite facing an ever-higher level of competition suggests that his upside is quite significant, and the Giants are without question an ideal landing spot. For those in dynasty leagues, Moore should have very significant long-term value.