Will Dre Moore find playing time on the Bucs defensive line this year?

Then and now: Dre Moore

Next on the 2008 draft countdown is defensive tackle Dre Moore. Moore, the 6’4″, 305 lb defensive tackle out of Maryland has been a disappoint so far for the Bucs. After trading up to get him, he failed to make the 2008 squad and was forced to work on the practice squad all season long.

Moore is a large defensive tackle with good size and hands, but has been underachieving since his days at Maryland. After spending the 2008 season on the practice squad, Moore worked his way onto the starting roster and found playing time in 7 games, but only came up with 5 total tackles, not the greatest of numbers. He has the skill set and size to become a force inside, but he hasn’t shown it yet. He needs to step up in training camp to prove to everyone that he can play and produce the numbers everyone wants to see.

Moore may play this season, but the defensive tackle position is already loaded with Miller and the rookies, McCoy and Prince, Moore could find himself either on the sidelines or back on the practice squad, but he will probably stay on the active roster. It is too early to say if he is a bust pick or not, he hasn’t played much yet, but when he has, he hasn’t produced much. Moore has good size and talent, he has a chance to become a solid contributing player for the Bucs, he just has to work hard and hope he gets his chance in a now crowded and talented defensive front.

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