How good will Kyle Moore be this year? Will he even start?

Then and Now: Kyle Moore

The series continues, next up, defensive end, Kyle Moore. Moore was selected in the 4th round out of USC. At 6’5″ and 272 lbs., Moore has a strong athletic built and a large wing span. He was never the focus while at USC due to the talent that played around him, but he has potential to be a good starter in the NFL.

Moore had a decent career at USC, in his senior season, he totaled 30 tackles, 5 sacks, and 9.5 tackles for loss, good enough to earn All-Pac-10 Honorable mention. He also played all 13 games for USC, despite knee issues all season long. Moore had a tremendous team around him while at USC, so he was never the focal point of the Pete Carroll defenses, but he was a solid play maker and worked hard at every snap.

Moore is a very interesting athlete. He has tremendous height and wing span, yet his frame is not as bulky as some might think (has similar characteristics to Jason Pierre-Paul). Moore has a good first step off the line, but has poor leverage and can be pushed easily by an offensive lineman. He must also get his arms up more in defending the pass, he has the wing span to knock down passes that are thrown in his direction. Moore played in 8 games last year, totaling 10 tackles and 2 assist.

Currently, Moore is second string, behind Tim Crowder. Moore will get his chances to play this year and should take advantage of his athletic ability and physical tools. Not sure if he will become a star in the NFL, but he has the potential to become a good starter and can help tribute to a rebuilding defense.

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