Monday, August 17, 2009

Who is Devin Moore?

The only people less lucky than my buddies and I that went to the one rainy training camp day were the people who came the next day and found out practice had been moved inside due to the strains and slips from the wet grass. Between rain showers, however, a few players stood out, including RB Devin Moore.

He played well enough to force me to pull out my soggy roster printout so I could figure out who this guy was that kept getting to the second and third level of the defense with speed and power. He only got a few reps, but he rocked each time.

Therefore, I wasn't surprised to find him running around, through and by the Chargers defense on Saturday. And after reading the rumors that the Hawks may be looking at options at RB, I decided to take a longer look at who Moore is. Check out this pre-draft scouting video on him:



Notice what he said in there about using his speed? I believe it was, "I try to make myself a one cut runner and just get upfield to make it like track." I also heard "willing blocker," and "great hands."

Perhaps most impressive was that he did 28 reps of 225lbs on the bench press at his pro day workout. That would have ranked third at the combine for RBs. Add track speed of 4.28-4.35 in the 40-yard dash, and you have an interesting prospect for sure.

At 5'9" and 187 lbs, he's not your prototypical make/model for NFL running backs. I certainly would rather take the risk on a potentially explosive player who could get injured than play it safe with guys who will never win you a game. I hope to see even more of Moore in game two this weekend.

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