Likes to work his outside club to the corner as well and has a good burst off of it as long as he can play linear. However, struggles to drop his base, maintain balance and really accelerate around the corner when trying to flatten out around the outside. Consistently allows himself to get upright, exposes too much of his frame and can easily be reached and pushed past the pocket.
At times is willing to work his club counter back inside, but again allows himself to get upright, which takes away from his initial burst. Doesn't do a great job using his length or hands to shed blocks when engaged, gets upright which negates his power and can easily be handled throughout contact.
Possesses good suddenness when asked to redirect and stunt inside. Is used all over as a pass rusher/blitzer and will stand up and rush from the inside. Closes well once he gains a step, but again, doesn't seem to possess the pass rush arsenal to routinely win vs. 1v1 blocks on the outside.
Doesn't have the type of girth to consistently win vs. the run game as a down DE. Displays some power for his size and will take on blocks well, but doesn't disengage real quickly initially into contact and is often forced to wait until the play is past to work in pursuit. Exhibits a good motor and great closing speed from the backside, but I do have questions about his fluidity to hold up in the pass game in the NFL.
Impression: Is going to be overdrafted because of his 40 time and straight-line speed, but he's an undersized pass rusher who doesn't have much in the form of an arsenal, but has the first step to intrigue."
Positives: Three-year starter at end is a record-setting pass rusher with superior speed who projects well to the outside linebacker position in the NFL. Played some outside linebacker as a freshman, and often was given assignments dropping off from end. Quick off the snap. Good at shedding blocks with his hands, and has a strong bull rush. Can flat out fly. Big hitter, fearless. Can be effective dropping off into zone coverage against the pass. Productive, durable, intense defensive leader.
Negatives: Former track star. Stiff in the hips and simply cannot change directions well. Pass rush either works on initial quickness and speed or it fails. Lacks a double move. Not stout against the run as a down lineman. Will have great difficulty with NFL man coverage assignments as a linebacker. Did very little in one-on-one attempts against Boston College's Anthony Castonzo in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl."
Positive: Athletic college defensive end expected to change positions at the next level. Bends his knees, gets leverage on opponents, and plays with terrific balance and well as body control. Works his hands throughout the action, fluid moving in every direction of the field, and shows a burst of speed. Compact but forceful and displays good strength in his lower body with the ability to get push up the field. Immediately changes direction, has a burst of speed, and effective moving in reverse. Gets adequate depth on pass drops, remains disciplined with assignments, and flashes ability in space.
Negative: Often take wide angles around blocks to avoid them completely. Handled at the point of attack by a single opponent. Lacks classic size.
Analysis: Moch was very productive making plays behind the line scrimmage in college and enters the NFL with top athleticism. He has the speed to play linebacker in a variety of systems, though he must learn to do the little things before he'll enter a starting lineup. Moch could start his professional career as a situational pass rusher."
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"
Strengths: Quick and athletic pass rusher who creates havoc in opponents' backfield. Good upper-body strength and able to redirect and shed while hunting down the ball carrier. Sure-tackler who brings alot of energy to the defense. Speed and tackling ability suggest he will immediately contribute on special teams.
Weaknesses: Great concern that speed is his only asset. Size and lower body strength limits his effectiveness against the run and the ability to take on blockers 'mano-a-mano.' May be restricted to only pass-rush situations. Rarely observed him dropping-off in coverage, but he has the speed to stay with any TE or RB.
Projection: 3rd round. But could slip if showing at Shrine Bowl suggests weakness against the run and he is viewed as a pass-rush specialist only."
By 2009 he was the conference's Defensive Player of the Year and totaled 61 tackles, including a conference high 20.0 for a loss. He also recorded 6.0 sacks and forced two fumbles. Through eight games in the 2010 campaign, Moch has already hit the 16 tackle-for-loss mark and should shatter his own Nevada record for tackles-for-loss in a season. Those numbers have also made him the conference's all-time leader in tackles-for-loss and he is a mere 2.5 sacks away from setting the conference record in that department.
At 6-1 and 245 pounds, Moch projects better as a pass rushing outside linebacker than a defensive end in the NFL. Ideally, he would be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, but Moch could lose some weight and become a little quicker to fit a certain scheme. In any event, Moch is a superb athlete who has proven time and again that he can get into the backfield and cause a ton of problems for the opposing offense. Even if he finds it difficult to fit into a specific team's defense, he should not fall past the third round."
Rumors of Dontay Moch's speed are not exaggerated There were rumblings in May that Nevada Dontay Moch had the makings of being a freakish athlete.
Scouts in attendance at Nevada's junior pro day in May called Nevada one of the fastest teams they've been around. But it was Moch, the 6-foot-1, 245-pound disruptor at defensive end, who generated the most buzz.
The rumor making the rounds on Wolf Pack-centric websites is that Moch busted 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash. 4.27 seconds one said. 4.28 said another. Improbable.
Hold up. Make that probable.
Sources tell Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout that Moch ran 4.25 40. When he was asked to run another, Moch ran a 4.19.
Update: Moch just got back to me confirming those crazy times. So they go from being Internet conjecture to fact.
Moch has always been an impressive player, and the star of Nevada's defense. Last season, Moch had 61 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. That was with teams concentrating on him, as the year before he had 50 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks.
In the NFL, Moch will probably have to move over to outside linebacker. Nevada doesn't mind mixing up their personnel, particularly on third down, so don't be shocked if you see Moch play without his hand down at times this season.
Although it could be argued that Moch, playing in the Western Athletic Conference, did it against lesser competition, think again. He was a force against Missouri in 2009 and took it to Maryland in 2008."
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