49ers Draft Jay Moore at 104

49ers select Nebraska DE Jay Moore with the 104th pick overall. Their 1st of three 4th round picks.

Often overshadowed by All-American Adam Carriker at the other defensive end position for the Huskers, Moore is called a high-energy type by the coaching staff whose ability to neutralize the outside running game was a big reason for the team’s success in 2006.

The “open” defensive end position that Moore played allowed him to freelance quite a bit, and his change-of-direction agility saw him make more than half of his career tackles out of his own territory. The defense’s “bend, but don’t break” approach and Moore’s range along the perimeter helped keep the opponents from finding the end zone often, as the Huskers ranked second in the Big 12 Conference and 24th nationally, allowing only 18.29 points per game in 2006.

Moore played fullback and defensive end at Elkhorn High School, but his senior season was cut short by a knee injury. Still, he was regarded as one of the top recruits in the state of Nebraska. A member of the Omaha World-Herald’s Super Six team, Moore carried 92 times for 822 yards (8.9 average) and scored 16 touchdowns in five games before suffering an anterior cruciate ligament tear that required surgery, wiping out the rest of his 2001 season.

Moore rushed for 1,742 yards and 31 touchdowns (8.8 avg.) in 2000, earning second-team All-Super-State honors from the Lincoln Journal Star, while he was the LJS Class B (second largest) Offensive Player of the Year and the Omaha World-Herald honorary Class B offensive captain. He also earned honorable mention all-state honors in basketball from the World-Herald in 2001, but did not play as a senior.

He attended the Big Red Football School and committed to the Huskers before his senior year. Moore spent the 2002 season on the sidelines, as he continued to fully recover from his prep school injury. He competed on the scout team as a defensive end in 2003, but never got on the field with the varsity.

In 2004, Moore was named the team’s Most Improved Player and received Academic All-Big 12 honors. He appeared in 11 games, starting the Pittsburgh, Kansas and Texas Tech games at right defensive end for an injured Carriker (ankle), and then earned one more start at left end against Baylor when Carriker returned to the lineup. He collected 21 tackles (11 solos) with three sacks, seven stops for losses and eight pressures. He also recovered two fumbles, caused another and deflected a pair of passes.

The coaching staff turned the “open” (left) defensive end position over to Moore in 2005, as he started all 12 games. He garnered All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention as he tied for second on the team with 14 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He added three sacks to go along with 37 tackles (19 solos) and also tallied nine pressures. Moore had three pass break-ups, an interception and caused three fumbles while recovering another for a 17-yard return.

As a senior, the league’s coaches awarded him with All-Big 12 Conference second-team honors. He started all year at “open” end, coming up with 45 tackles (23 solos). He led the team with 17 stops for losses and finished second with six sacks. He also totaled five pressures and three pass break-ups.

In 37 games at Nebraska, Moore started 30 times. He delivered 103 tackles (53 solos) with 12 sacks for minus-84 yards and 38 stops for losses totaling 145 yards. He had 22 quarterback pressures and eight pass deflections. He returned one of his three fumble recoveries 17 yards and one interception six yards while also causing four fumbles.

Positives: Has a well built frame with long arms, good bubble, solid upper body muscle tone and tapered thighs and calves … High-energy type who plays until the whistle and has a good work ethic, putting in extra hours in the training and film rooms … Emotional sparkplug for the team who has great range and outstanding quickness for a player his size, and those assets could see him utilized as a Mike Vrabel type (Patriots) as an outside linebacker … Determined edge rusher with rare speed for this position, showing the fluid and flexible moves sliding down the line or when dropping back in pass coverage … Plays at a low pad level and has good play recognition skills, as he is rarely fooled by misdirection or play action … Grant Wistrom-type (Seattle) with the sudden surge to consistently split double coverage, using his hands effectively to disengage … Does a good job knifing into the backfield, displaying a strong hand punch and proper technique dipping his shoulder inside … Cuts through traffic to chase ball carriers down in the backfield and looks fluid redirecting to give chase and make plays working down the line of scrimmage … Snaps his hips sharply and extends his arms to wrap and jolt the opponent in run force, keeping his pads down to hit and wrap securely … His burst off the line is evident by his urgency slipping off blocks to close and collapse the pocket … His hands and upper body strength help him gain leverage, but he is more effective on the move than when working in-line … Has the nimble feet and takes good angles to keep containment vs. the outside run and his loose hips let him get back to the cutback lanes … Might be better suited for a 3-4 scheme, as he has the quickness to drop back as an outside linebacker and the strength to stack and control the perimeter blockers … Another reason for a potential move to linebacker is the way he uses his speed to mirror the tight end running down the seams … Not really much of a bull rusher, but will not hesitate to stick his hat into the pile … Showed marked improvement delivering the up field shoulder in attempts to flatten and get to the quarterback.

Negatives: Has problems when moving in-line, as he does not have the bulk to keep leverage when combating double teams (will short-arm at times, leaving him exposed to the cut block) … Can hold his ground on the edge, but will get too tall at times trying to bull rush and this allows blockers to stand him up at the line of scrimmage … Needs to quickly find the clean lane in backside pursuit, as he might have good speed, but fails to show suddenness in his backside pursuit to close in a hurry (tends to take a wide loop to the pocket) … High-energy type, but will get a little reckless at times and over-pursue … Has a strong hand punch, but is better chasing down the ball rather than engaging the blockers, as he needs to show better rip and swim moves to avoid or he can get walled off.

Compares To: Chris Kelsay, Buffalo Bills … Moore is sort of the Ed McMahon to Adam Carriker’s Johnny Carson … He lets others get the recognition, and while he might lack the physically imposing body that Carriker has, he compensates with a high motor and outstanding range … Yes, he’s a bit of an overachiever and can get out of control when pursuing a quarterback, but if given a clean path to the ball, he will do whatever it takes to make the play … He is the type who won’t be your best lineman, but he will create a spark up front … For teams using a 3-4 alignment, Moore’s speed and ability to drop back in pass coverage might make him a more inviting target than to those that play with just a base defense.

2001: Missed the final five games of his high school senior year after undergoing knee surgery in October to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Campus: 4.74 in the 40-yard dash … 415-pound bench press … 545-pound squat … 355-pound power clean … 34-inch vertical jump … 33¼-inch arm length … 9 5/8-inch hands.


~ by 49ersNews on April 29, 2007.

32 Responses to “49ers Draft Jay Moore at 104”

  1. Someone to do the dirty work. Should also be a good special teams player. Let take a shot at Marcus Thomas. RB wright from Fresno State

  2. Finding these role players on day 2 will really help solidify our D. Teams are going to be surprised how improved our D is going to be!!!

  3. That’s enough senior bowl players Nolan! Did we scout anywhere else besides the senior bowl? I’m not loving this pick!

  4. What about Ahmad Bradshaw for RB?

  5. yea turner u have the name of someone who left us for san diego so im not suprised that your not loving this pick lol its a great pick…great steal go do your homework

  6. I really like this pick. Moore showed alot at senior bowl. Is going to be a nice olb/de hybrid type player for us. Very underrated.

  7. I hope we scouted other places. I think picking people from the Senior Bowl isn’t a bad idea though. It gave Nolan and Co. a chance to see how players practice, how they are in the locker room, how smart they are off the field. Where they can play in our 3-4 D. I think coaching the Senior Bowl gives them more insight on players than when they visit when scouting.

  8. i am a huge 49er fan but New England is doing you have to give them there props they just picked up Randy Moss wow


  10. its only 2 players we coached at the senior bowl that we have taken. so people need to get over this i hope we looked elsewhere… hill,staley,macdonald all not in senior bowl.. so people get over this.. still have what 4 picks left. just look what nolan has done so far with this team.. trust what he’s doing

  11. i am a huge 49er fan but New England is doing you have to give them there props they just picked up Randy Moss wow

  12. Our next pick is number 126 that we acquired from Indy. 110 went to new england and 124 went to seattle for DJack.

  13. Once Moore & McDonald bulk up a bit we will have some great depth this year. Nolan has really been filling fixing all our thin & weak spots.

  14. I was confused, I thought we drafted Jay Mohr (the comedian) lol, I was extremely happy with all of our picks until Jay Moore but hopefully you guys are right about this guy being a steal. Also, I’m not a Norv Turner fan, Turner happens to be my real first name.

  15. This is from Maiocco…..
    Jay Moore says he currently weighs 273. He said he’ll likely drop about 10 pounds to enable him to play outside linebacker.

  16. i knew they would draft him,ive been saying it for the last couple months.

  17. If Moore is going to play LB i’m not to crazy about that. We have a good LB core, I think we need gap fillers up front. BY is old and M. Douglas wasn’t exactly a force.

  18. i think we’ll go tight end in this draft i just dont know when… ben patrick is the 3rd rated Tight End in this draft and he moved up from workouts….also kenny irons brother david irons CB is still avalible culd be a nice fit in our dime package playin 4th

  19. some may or may not like him. but read up on him. and take a look at some games. Kids gonna be a nice hybrid player for us. i thought he would have gone in th 3rd.

  20. Mike, you are wrong. Four players were in the Senior Bowl. Willis/Staley were on South. Hill/Moore were on North. So far only MacDonald wasn’t in the Senior Bowl.

  21. we should go for cornerback de[th soon….david irons,travarous bain

  22. depth i mean

  23. I’m not saying I don’t like Moore, he is a good player, but anyone who watched our games last year should have seen that we had zero push up front.

  24. okay okay we have jay moore…..hes a niner so stop debating on him…move on to what we’re going to do next we’re coming up soon

  25. Err… I’m wrong. All FIVE players we have drafted so far were in the Senior Bowl. McDonald was on the North.

  26. we addressed wide reciver but i really like aundrae allison wide receiver from small east carolina university

  27. maybe we will draft r.b. kolby smith,louisville or deshawn wynn from florida,if they arent already drafted.

  28. Err again.. McDonald on South… I need coffee, it’s too early.

  29. deshawn wynn really reminds me of frank gore…..wears same number 21….has his similar size…..wears the same exact helmet….only thing missing is the visor lol…watch when someone picks him if they show highlights look at him

  30. WE ARE ON DECK!! I’m guessing maybe a backup for Gore and Robinson at this pick.

  31. i cant wait till this draft is over.im sssssssssssssssso tired of seeing brady quinns face every where,

  32. we need to go for CB an shifty RB with our next picks

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