Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Moore out to prove he belongs in NFL despite D-II tag


Twenty-six sacks in 28 games and a 6-foot-6, 282-pound frame gets you noticed by NFL scouts.

At least, the New England Patriots' staff took notice, pursuing Division II Concordia-St. Paul (Minnesota) defensive lineman Zach Moore and drafting him in the sixth-round Saturday.

"I’ve played everywhere on the defensive line, but at the same time, I'm going to play whatever Coach Belichick wants me to play," Moore said earlier this week, via "If he wants me to punt the ball, I’ll punt it. If he wants me to long snap it, I’ll do that.

"I feel as though I’m athletic enough to play anything."

Despite coming from a D-II program, Moore made it clear he doesn't consider himself an underdog. Meanwhile, he's the first player in Concordia history to have been drafted by an NFL team.

"I think I belong and I’m going to prove that I belong," he said, via ESPN Boston.

Moore amassed 35.5 tackles for loss in his collegiate career and tallied 24 sacks over his last two seasons. He finished his career just four sacks shy of the school record.

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