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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: OT Dan Moore Jr

  • The Draft Network
  • January 13, 2021
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PROSPECT SUMMARY – DAN MOORE JR.

Dan Moore Jr. is a well-experienced player as he’s started in 36 of the 43 contests that he’s participated in—that includes 35 straight games. Possessing a top-heavy frame overall, he has the strength necessary in order to latch and sustain when getting his hands on cleanly to defenders, but must gain significant amounts of strength in his lower half. With long arms, adequate grip strength, and an average pass set, he has a solid foundation of traits to continue to build upon. He still needs seasoning in certain areas, but he already has a lot of the ingredients in the cupboard that are waiting to be put to good use. The intensity and awareness are evident as a run blocker, as he displays lots of willingness with sticking on assignments. With average foot speed, his pass sets will need to be tweaked some as he has troubles with ends that are able to quickly win the corner against him by attacking his outside hip. A favorable project for teams that employ a zone-based blocking scheme, Moore is a multi-year experiment that could pay off in the long run with a lot of patience while developing.

Ideal Role: Developmental offensive tackle that will need some time on the practice squad prior to potentially becoming a contributor.

Scheme Fit: Zone blocking scheme.

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Jordan Reid

Games watched: Arkansas (2020), South Carolina (2020), Vanderbilt (2020), Alabama (2020), Florida (2020)

Best Game Studied: Arkansas (2020)

Worst Game Studied: Alabama (2020)

Balance: Displaying adequate balance and mechanics as a pass protector, Moore has a productive pass set that still has room for growth. Already with a fluid foundation, he remains patient with his sets and hardly ever seems to be in a rush while setting vertically. Gaining enough depth to remain in range to eventually fire his hands against rushers, he keeps his weight balance and doesn’t have many moments where he’s falling over himself. In a similar case as a run blocker, he keeps his upper body underneath him and there are few instances where he’s on the ground.  

Pass Sets: He has average acceleration out of his pass set, but considering his build, there was thought to be more athleticism coming out. Fast up-the-field edge rushers present problems for him, as he can get his outside hand on them, but they often win around his outside hip. Moore’s able to get a piece of them, but eventually loses slowly as the momentum of rushers carries them through to winning positions. Closing distance space and using his long arms is an advantage that he could learn to use more often. 

Competitive Toughness: Moore shows plenty of competitiveness in his blocks. Specifically, as a run blocker, he has spurts where he displays lots of intensity. Still needing to add levels to his strength, he works with what his body contains in its current state. Pairing his arm length by driving his feet upon contact has helped him win vs. matchups. 

Lateral Mobility: On zone schemes, he ensures to stay flat and crash interior gaps by staying parallel. Forced to block 3- and 4i-techniques, he’s been smart to simply try to push them to the ground by lowering his weight because of the lack of angles available to cleanly block them when on the backside for backside cutoff attempts. His lateral mobility is also seen on combo blocks as the end man on the line of scrimmage or when paired with tight ends.

Length: Moore possesses extremely long arms that help him punch, latch, and sustain at the point of attack. He’s not really a strong blocker as targets are able to slide off and out from his grasp often. His arm length helps him to quickly fight off counter moves and any other answers from edge rushers. 

Football IQ: Moore has bad habits of showing his plan of attack prior to the snap. Light weight on his hand and slightly having his body turned to the direction that he’s expected to go were small details that were consistently revealed. As a pass protector, Moore is highly aware of stunts/twists. He’s well coached on how to let his eyes get caught too far inside with following the crasher. When noticing that rushers are headed on a fast track to his inside shoulder, he passes them off to the guard and immediately snaps his vision back outside expecting the looper to appear into his sightline.   

Hand Technique: He's timely when he opts to strike his hands in order to grasp targets and has created a knack for himself to win in that fashion due to his lack of overall power. He's a bit of a slingshot with his hands, but he allows rushers to get within his parameters prior to releasing his hands to make contact. Quick punches help him get early positioning on rushers as they have a hard time getting rid of his hands and arms due to his length. He has enough athleticism to guide rushers around the arc/rim of the pocket with his inside hand, allowing throwers to climb vertically. 

Anchor Ability: Lack of sand in his pants prevents him from sitting down and retaining control. When attempting to anchor, there are instances where he tries to nail his feet in the ground, but those nails hardly ever reach the surface level as he’s slowly walked backward. Needing to gain lower-body strength as his body mass/density continues to improve over time, the payoff with a more firm anchor could be a possibility. 

Power at the P.O.A.: As a pass protector, Moore isn’t an offensive tackle prospect that will try to impose his will on matchups. He’s a blocker that will attempt to get his hands quickly on the opposition and hope that his length and grip strength will be enough to win the rep. 

Versatility: Moore is a tackle-only prospect, as he has a slender frame that still needs time to fill out all over. Playing both right and left tackle, he possibly has similar capabilities on the next level while developing. His lack of body strength limits him to strictly playing on the exterior of the offensive line.

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Jordan Reid: 72/100

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