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Prospect Profiles: Dontay Moch

DONTAY MOCH, DE/LB, Nevada

Triangle Numbers: 6-1, 229, 4.25 40 (yes, you read that right. Multiple reports have him in the low 4.2’s. I’m not joking)

SCOUTING REPORTS:

Sideline Scouting

Positives: Physical attributes are hard to ignore, by far the fastest linebacker in this class, has reportedly ran multiple low 4.2 40-yard dashes… Has had solid production as a pass rusher in the last three years, 26.5 sacks in that span… Also finished fourth in the FBS with 22 TFL in 2010… Quality character guy, works hard and leads by example on and off the field… Is a very athletic player with huge upside if he can hone his overall linebacking skills, is fast and physical and possesses above-average pass-rushing skills… Is much quicker than a lot of NFL offensive linemen, and will be a valuable asset in twists and stunts at either linebacker or defensive end… Has a strong upper-body and uses it to disengage from blocks at the line with relative ease… Is a consistent wrap-up tackler and rarely misses tackles when he takes good angles… Durability has not been an issue, seems to be in good physical shape with no history of major injuries.

Negatives: Can give up on plays when pushed away from the ball, does not have a very consistent motor in every game… Has size and speed to be interchangeable in a few systems, but will most likely only be utilized as a pass rusher and special teamer initially… Needs to develop more pass-rushing moves, generally relies on speed to get to the quarterback, but can get easily pushed away from the pocket when going full speed… Uses upper-body to tackle as opposed to driving forward with legs, tackling technique will not be as effective at the next level against NFL quarterbacks… Does not have much experience in coverage, but has the speed to keep up with backs and TEs on simple routes, but will probably be a pass-rushing specialist… Overall instincts are below-average at the linebacker position.

NFLDraft101:

Strengths:

  • Fastest defensive end in the draft (has been timed under 4.3 in the 40)
  • A tackles for loss machine 42 total past two years
  • Quick burst off the line
  • Disrupts plays in the backfield – closes on the ball quickly
  • Nimble in pursuit – chases down plays from behind
  • Gives effort against run
  • High upside 3-4 rush linebacker prospect
  • Played linebacker and safety early in career
  • Expected to have tremendous workout numbers

Weaknesses:

  • Undersized college defensive end – lacks height, weight and length
  • Not capable of playing 4-3 DE at next level due to size concerns
  • Needs to prove he can drop into coverage
  • Gets caught up on blocks
  • Needs to improve against the run
  • Lacks strength at the point of attack
  • Needs to get stronger

PigskinHeaven:

Moch is an explosive DE/OLB with a history of getting to the passer. His 4.2 speed might not be exaggerated, and he’s great off the line. He has the speed to close on any quarterback in the league. His biggest problem is his short stature and weight, which probably necessitates a move to linebacker at the NFL level.
Moch weighed in at only 229 which was kind of a disappointment, but I am not sold on him in coverage yet. He has great speed but I am not sure how well he changes direction yet, though he didn’t look as uncomfortable as Chris Carter in coverage today. His best attribute is definitely his ability as a pass rusher, and a couple times he was effectively blocked by TE’s which isn’t surprising at his weight.
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GiantsGab Thoughts:
Dontay Moch is best suited for the 3-4, as a linebacker. Where he fits in with the Giants is unclear. But, there is so much to like with Moch. The speed. The explosiveness. The pass rush ability. I think he’s a guy, you put him anywhere, in any scheme, he’s going to get after the QB. He can’t be a defensive end. Can he handle being a 4-3 outside linebacker? Or he is destined to be Clint Sintim? I’m not sure. I do know that every 3-4 team is going to want him. If the Giants were to select him, he would have to be only a pass rush specialist, and a demon on special teams. He’s a 2-3 round pick. But if he can a 4.2 at the combine, he’s a first rounder. That speed is so tantalizing, and you can see on film the potential. The quickness is just outstanding. But, in a 4-3 scheme, the team would have to be creative. Use him inside occasionally. Use him on the outside. Special teams would be incredible. Him and JPP running down? Man, that gets me excited. He’s not a perfect fit. If he’s available in the 3rd round, you grab him. But, I think he’s going to do well at the combine, and I think he could slip into the late first round ( he would look perfect next to Clay Matthews Jr). A risk, because you don’t know the transition as a 4-3 linebacker. If he slides, take him. If not, back away.
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One Response to “Prospect Profiles: Dontay Moch”

  1. Joe says:

    We should draft him for one purpose. To contain mike vick. He is phisicly designed to do that.

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