DonTrell Moore RB 5’10 210 New Mexico
By: Robert Davis
NFL Combine Stats: 40-yard dash - 4.64, 225 bench press - 18 reps, vertical jump - 32"
If you want production, there is not a back in the country that can top DonTrell Moore. From the minute he put on a Lobo uniform, he has been one of the best backs in college football. As a freshman in 2002, Moore ran for 1,134 yards and 13 touchdowns, on his way to being named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year. He topped those numbers a year later, running for 1,450 yards and 19 touchdowns, earning 1st team MWC honors. As a junior, his numbers were again very impressive. Despite missing time with an MCL injury and later an ACL injury, Moore finished the year with 1,091 yards and 15 touchdowns, and added 27 receptions and 198 yards through the air. He didn't show any ill effects of the knee injuries from the previous year as a senior, finishing the year with 1,298 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground, and 371 yards and three touchdowns on 31 receptions.
The best thing about DonTrell Moore is how hard he runs. He attacks the line of scrimmage, and he will not go down easily. He keeps his feet moving and routinely drags defenders with him. His toughness is second to none. He also displays excellent quickness and change of direction ability to make defenders miss. Moore has also improved his hands over the years, and is now a viable option as a receiver out the backfield. He has shown the durability and talent to be a major threat all over the field.
I think whenever a back has carried the ball as much as DonTrell has in his career, it definitely makes you look into his body. That is a lot of wear and tear for a back to have before entering the NFL, where things get even more physical. Even though he has been durable, he did have some problems with his knee in 2004. He injured his MCL, and then later in the year tore the ACL in the same knee. Moore also does not have ideal size. He looks to be smaller than his listed size, and that is only average in the NFL.
Moore has a lot going for him as a prospect. He’s been productive, but also has the quickness, toughness, and all around talent to be an NFL running back. But he is not a true elite prospect, and has some questions. He will have to show that he can carry some added weight, and not lose any speed. A big reason I like DonTrell is because I believe his floor is high. Even if he is not an every down back, his cutting ability and receiving ability will allow him to find a role in the NFL.
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