NEPD Editor: James Christensen
The New England Patriots have added a sleeper defensive end in Concordia’s Zach Moore with the 198th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Read on for analysis.
Moore, who measures in at 6’5″ and 269 pounds, is an explosive athlete that has some versatility as a 4-3 end or 3-4 linebacker. He was a two-time captain at Concordia. Playing in Division II, we haven’t seen him play against top-flight competition, so it is more of an athletic projection at this point.
Patriots had a private workout with Zach Moore during the pre-draft process. 6'5", 269-pounder ran a 4.84 40 at the combine, 123-inch broad.
— Oliver Thomas (@OliverBThomas) May 10, 2014
In a conversation with the Pioneer Press, Moore details the changes in his life after failing to earn a Division I scholarship:
Moore knows it’s possible he might not hear his name called, but he still has been assured from NFL general managers he would be a “high-profile free agent.” As he prepares to graduate, he’s thinking back to when he showed up from his native Chicago to enroll at Division II Concordia after having not been academically eligible for Division I.
“I came here to college undisciplined, immature, went through a lot of adversity and saw the silver lining in my dark cloud,” said Moore, who was academically ineligible to play in 2011 before finishing his college career with two Division II All-America seasons. “The light bulb clicked in my head.
Look for Moore to challenge Jake Bequette and Michael Buchanan for one of the final spots on the defensive line.