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All right, draftniks. You know that Pewter Report is the undisputed king of Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft coverage. We’ve listed players, such as defensive end Gaines Adams (2007), linebacker Quincy Black (2007), wide receiver Maurice Stovall (2006), quarterback Bruce Gradkowski (2006), middle linebacker Barrett Ruud (2005), cornerback Torrie Cox (2003) – among others, at their respective positions in the Bucs’ Best Bets sections of Pewter Report’s annual Bucs Draft Preview.

As the 2008 NFL Draft approaches, Pewter Report’s resident draft expert, Scott Reynolds, has spent countless hours watching over 12 college games per week and scouting which prospects would look good wearing red and pewter next year. With over 500 college games to review dating back over the last four years and countless scouting contacts throughout the NFL, Reynolds is armed with the inside scoop needed to put together these scouting reports on players who might fit Tampa Bay’s schemes on offense and defense.

The casual football fan already has a good deal of knowledge on likely first-round draft prospects, such as LSU defensive tackle Glen Dorsey, Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm and Virginia defensive end Chris Long. The goal of these regular Pewter Insider features on PewterReport.com is to inform you about players that will likely go in rounds 2-7 that might help the Buccaneers.

Will one of these players wind up being the next Ruud, Stovall or Gradkowski? We’ll all find out next April when Tampa Bay is on the clock.

MARYLAND DL DRE MOORE
VITAL STATS: Maryland defensive lineman Dre Moore is 6-foot-3 and weighs 311 pounds. He plays defensive tackle in the Terrapins’ 4-3 defense and defensive end in their 3-4 scheme. After underachieving earlier in his career, Moore has matured over the past two seasons and has become a team leader.

According to Examiner.com, Moore has a tattoo on his left forearm of an ambigram, which is an inverted spelling that forms two different words. Read one way, it spells “choice,” but read another way and it says, “destiny.”

CREDENTIALS
Moore leads Maryland with five sacks this season. His 3.5 sacks tied the team lead during his junior campaign in 2006. Moore has a total of 9.5 sacks in his three years of playing time at Maryland. In 2007, Moore also recorded his first career interception (against Boston College) and forced two fumbles.

Moore has amassed 113 tackles and 19 tackles for loss during his Maryland career. His 48 tackles through 10 games in 2007 is already one stop more than he had in 2006.

RECORDS AND SUPERLATIVES
Moore has recorded multiple sacks in three games at Maryland. He is incredibly strong and had the third-highest strength index (a measure of pound-for-pound strength) on the team. Moore’s 365-pound clean is a school record.

HIS BIGGEST GAMES
11/10/07 vs. Boston College 5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 1 INT
10/27/07 vs. Clemson 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble
10/2007 vs. Virginia 10 tackles, 2 tackles of loss, 2 sacks
9/1/07 vs. Villanova 3 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks
9/9/06 vs. Middle Tennessee State 6 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks

WHY HE COULD BE A RED AND PEWTER PLAYER
Moore has an interesting upside because he is relatively new to football. He had never played football prior to his junior season in high school when he was coaxed to the gridiron due to his impressive size. According to his college coach, Ralph Friedgen, Moore entered Maryland a boy but became a man. Meaning, he has grown up a lot and become a mature player and person. That type of maturity will be needed once he gets to the next level and becomes a millionaire.

Moore is blessed with tremendous strength and size. He has played in a two-gap scheme, but has the initial quickness to penetrate the backfield and close on quarterbacks. While he lacks a pass rushing arsenal, Moore has an effective bull rush and typically beats his opponents with his power rather than technique.

At 6-foot-4, 311 pounds, Moore is the same size as Ryan Sims and would give Tampa Bay’s defensive line some real size in defending the running game. He has enough quickness to where he could be a factor on pass downs, but likely wouldn’t be a double-digit sacker in the NFL.

TOUGHEST TRANSITION IN TAMPA BAY
Moore isn’t a flashy player in terms of sacks and really needs to hone his pass rush ability at the next level. Becoming an every down player instead of a player known more for stuffing the run will be his challenge in the NFL. Despite playing a two-gap DT and DE in a 4-3 and 3-4 alignment at Maryland, Moore has the ability to play either under tackle or nose tackle in the one-gap scheme of the Tampa 2 defense.

Moore had some immaturity issues during his first two years at Maryland and it showed on the field as was not a frequent playmaker. The Bucs’ scouts will have to use the personal interiew process to gauge Moore’s mental maturity level. He clearly has the physical maturity to play in the NFL and be a factor.

Because of his late jump into football and his late-blooming maturity as a college football player, Moore is not a finished product. He needs to use his hands better and shed blocks quicker. Moore also needs to maintain better knee bend and pad level when engaging blocks. He needs better coaching to reach his vast potential.

SPECIAL TEAMS FACTOR
Due to his size and the fact that he plays defensive tackle, it is doubtful Moore could contribute on anything more than field goal protection and field goal block, regarding special teams. Throughout his college career, Moore has not played much on special teams and has not recorded any blocked field goals or extra points.

DRAFT PROJECTION
Moore has the physical ability to light it up during the post-season workouts and increase his draft stock. But NFL teams will grapple with his good – but not great – statistics and production. Moore is a very good, yet not a dominant player on the football field. But it’s very possible that Moore will dominate at his pro day or at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Moore is slated to be a late second-round to mid-third-round pick, but a strong close to the season over the next two games and a good postseason could push his draft stock up in the second round. Moore will benefit from a weak class of defensive tackles, thus prompting teams that need defensive tackles, such as Tampa Bay, to draft him higher than they perhaps should.

THE QUOTE
“It’s my outlook on things,” Moore said, regarding his destiny-choice tattoo. “Depending on how you look at certain situations, some people tag it as destiny, some tag it as a choice that you can make that affects your destiny. Every decision I make, I try to understand that it’s gonna affect me in some way later on down the road – help me or hinder me.”

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Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]