This is the first in a 20-part series examining some possibilities for the Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, including extensive looks at the most likely prospects for the No. 6 overall selection, potential targets later in the draft, trade-down scenarios, what the other teams in the AFC North might do and the top players coming out of Ohio State and the Mid-American Conference.
Each morning will bring a new, daily posting leading up the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb 20.
Today, we start with a pass-rusher who's been flying up analysts' draft boards recently after excelling in both a 4-3 and 3-4 defense at Texas A&M.
Damontre Moore, Texas A&M, Junior?
Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 250 pounds?.
Stats: 80 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 20.0 tackles for loss, two blocked kicks?.
Current overall prospect ranks: NFLDraftScout.com: 4th; Scout's Inc: 3rd; ESPN's Todd McShay: 6th; ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr: 4th.
Current projected draft position: Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com and Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN all have Moore being taken off the board by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the No. 2 overall pick. Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com has Moore being selected by the Detroit Lions with the 5th overall pick.
Overview: Moore caught the eye of talent evaluators after having two productive seasons in a row for the Aggies while playing in two defensive schemes. In 2011, his first as a starter, Moore played in a 3-4 scheme and was at the same "Joker" linebacker position that Denver Broncos Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller used to play. There, he totaled 72 tackles, 8.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. The Aggies then switched to a 4-3 defense in 2012 and moved Moore to defensive end. He again excelled and outdid his junior season numbers while adjusting to his new position. Moore was named a First Team All-American by multiple media outlets.
What they're saying:The word on Moore is that he's as natural a pass rusher as you're about to find. He bends the edge nicely from either spot and is obviously flexible enough to play either DE in a 4-3 or OLB in a 3-4, and could even move inside at times in college. ... Plays the run nicely but can leave his pads too high, which causes him to give up ground. ... Shows very good effort and shows a good first-step off the snap, but isn't elite in that area. ... Has a quick and fluid spin move that allows him to rush inside or outside. ... Has long arms and a nice closing burst to the ball carrier. ?
NFLDraftScout.com player comparison: John Abraham.
Why he fits the Browns' needs: Moore is a masterful pass rusher and is most likely the most versatile in this draft class to boot, having played full seasons in both systems. With the Browns switching to a 3-4 multi-front defense, they could use an upgrade at the linebacker position, and Moore offers a terrific rush end linebacker in a 3-4 who'd feel at home in multiple looks, should defensive coordinator Ray Horton switch things up during the course of a game. The downside is that Moore's gaining steam in the eyes of many talent evaluators, and the Browns might have to get lucky for him to fall to No. 6 overall. While many have him going to Jacksonville at No. 2 overall, the Jaguars could also be in the market for a quarterback (even though none grade to be drafted that high, recent drafts have shown that quarterbacks can jump into the top 10 rather easily).