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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: IOL David Moore

  • The Draft Network
  • January 13, 2021
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David Moore has a guard body type, as he has a compact frame but well distributed throughout. Moore has shown to have outstanding power and is able to sling and toss defenders around when getting accurate shots on them. Moore is a go-getter as a run defender and he doesn’t wait for the action to come to him. The ultimate aggressor type of interior blocker, he has a lot of what it takes to be successful in a ground and pound type of scheme. When allowed to become a puller or placed on the perimeter on screen passes, he shows adequate athleticism with control to hit his targets on various surfaces. He also plays well in a phone booth and against upper-level competition (La. Tech and LA Monroe), proved that he had the strength levels to match throughout the entirety of the game. Balance can be an issue with Moore. Combined with his short arms, he faces difficulties with locking out and extending against longer pass rushers. His nose often gets out in front of his shoulders and toes. Because he wants to be so aggressive, he can be left lunging and whiffing on his target as a whole. Playing with more control and balance in short areas will be his biggest areas of improvement, but he’s athletic enough to fix those issues with proper coaching. He may be one year away from being a depth piece for a team, but his best fit remains in a power/gap blocking scheme.

Ideal Role: Developmental guard that could turn into a starter by his third season.

Scheme Fit: Versatile.


Written by Jordan Reid

Games watched: Louisiana-Monroe (2019), Louisiana Tech (2019), Alabama State (2019), Southern (2019), Arkansas Pine-Bluff (2019), Alcorn State (2019)

Best Game Studied: Alabama State (2019)

Worst Game Studied: Louisiana Monroe (2019)

Competitive Toughness: Moore is a low to the ground, but firmly built guard prospect that exhibits plenty of fight. A deliverer and enforcer, he consistently attempts to dish out the punishment when attempting to make contact. Attempts to drive and finish are frequently seen on all types of surfaces. 

Balance: With a well proportioned and evenly distributed frame throughout, Moore’s able to use his power from both his upper and lower body at the engagement point. Adamant about keeping his base underneath him whenever he can, he’s able to explode from the balls of his feet, which has helped him overwhelm matchups at the point of attack. An above-average athlete, Moore is able to play on exterior levels when climbing on zone concepts, but many of his most positive blocks have come while out on screens or blocks that require him to get outside of the tackle box. 

Anchor Ability: Possessing an average anchor, Moore has the lower-body strength to slow down bull rush attempts. He’s had some semblance of success in pass protection when anchoring as well as keeping interior defenders from targeting his chest. He's a bit of a shorter guard prospect, but he’s able to use his athleticism and quicks on his feet to slow down speed to power moves.   

Lateral Mobility: Athleticism is a trait that his game centers around. Having a well-developed understanding of angles, going to where defenders are estimated to end up, and winning to spots, Moore’s talents shine on zone-based blocking concepts. A quick and agile mover, he can explode with purpose in all directions no matter the type of designed concept. Moore also has the quicks to pull and make solid contact, as he can be a scheme-versatile option that can survive and eventually thrive in a zone or gap/power-based blocking scheme. 

Power at P.O.A.: An explosive mover, Moore has the power to match at the point of attack. While he isn’t a blocker that will consistently generate a considerable amount of movement on the first level, he has the body density and control to cover up the opposition. His athleticism enables him to stick and adjust to the countermoves displayed by matchups. 

Hand Technique: The aggressor at the point of attack, Moore is a go-getter with targets at the first level. Staying springy and low out of his stance, he’s able to maintain the natural leverage to attack underneath the shoulder pads of interior defenders. Having an active base also helps as he keeps his feet churning and active after his initial punch.   

Football IQ: Playing in mostly a zone-based blocking scheme during his career at Grambling, Moore was able to display his smarts within the scheme. As a climber, he’s accurate with his angles of where he can cancel out second-level threats with his wide frame. As a pass protector, Moore is aware of his surroundings and able to pick up on minor tips from the defense of expected blitzes or incoming stunts. He remains patient with a wide vertical set that allows him to survey pressure over both shoulders when pressured.  

Versatility: Although he’s only had experience at guard, Moore mentioned that he does have experience with snapping the ball. Another position that teams may want to experiment with him is at center considering that he does have experience with handling the ball—but that hasn’t come within games, which means he’s a relative unknown at that spot entering the next level. Moore is capable of playing either guard spot, but his compact frame and lack of length eliminate him from being an offensive tackle for some teams. 

Pass Sets: Starting off with a wide stance, he’s patient in his approach prior to making contact. Once he has his target within reach, he’s able to strike and roll his hips into contact. A bit of a galloper as a pass setter, his quick feet enable him to reset and aim prior to striking targets with his hands. Tightening up his sets and creating more balance within them will be an adjustment that needs to be made.

Flexibility: Moore shows to have average flexibility and bend at the position. Playing from an already low stance because of his body structure helps him in the passing game. While there are struggles with longer-armed defenders, he can use his leverage and lower-body positionings as strength to create wins.

Prospect Comparison: Shaq Mason (2015 NFL Draft, New England Patriots)


TDN Consensus: 71.88/100

Joe Marino: 72.50/100

Kyle Crabbs: 71.50/100

Jordan Reid: 73.50/100

Drae Harris: 70.00/100

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