2014 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Select Zach Moore (DE, Concordia)

Zach Moore will challenge for a spot as a pass-rusher.

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.

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.

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2 Responses to “2014 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Select Zach Moore (DE, Concordia)”

  1. acm says:

    Very exciting pick. I was hoping they would go with Aaron Lynch at DE in the later rounds of teh draft but Z. Moore is a good, potential-loaded pick-up.

    Have been liking the picks on day 3 of the draft, except the Halapio pick. Would have much preferred someone like Shayne Skov, Antone Exum, or Trey Millard there.

    • jahnel says:

      I like it alot. In tom’s better years, and he has always been great, but tom use to frequently, stay in the backfield and throw for 6 or 7 seconds. He could sit there and wait for someone to work their selves open. From that standpoint this is a great draft including the UDFA who I have no doubt atleast half will make the team. They added the bulk in front to be more physical and keep Brady and weapons clean. All the UDFA can push someone. My favorite pickup was the TE/FB from BGSU. I know he can block and. From multiple spots, also he can produce should you give him a chance to. The small guys they got are all very versatile and fast. I like what it does for ST with most of them. Couple swiss army knives. Most importantly, forces guys like tavon and ebnar and bequette to step up or move out. Those OL needed a kick in the ass so now they are getting it.

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