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Bucs host freakish Nevada LB Dontay Moch for pre-draft visit



We learned on Monday the Bucs are taking a serious interest in Central Arkansas defensive end Markell Carter despite his projection toward 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.

But Carter isn't the only such player the Bucs are considering in next week's draft.

The team today also hosted Nevada linebacker Dontay Moch, one of the draft's best athletes and the 2009 WAC Player of the Year. Moch, at 6-2 and 247 pounds is too slight to play defensive end in the NFL, but is one of the better pass rushers in the draft. He registered 8.5 sacks as a senior and had 27.5 sacks in his extremely productive college career.

Just as eye-catching is another of Moch's numbers: His 4.4-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in February. That is among the fastest times you'll see for a defensive line prospect, and it's consistent with Moch's superior athletic ability.

The Bucs continue to show serious interest in hybrid players and coach and defensive coordinator Raheem Morris shows no intention of backing off from the myriad defensive fronts he began utilizing last season. In his effort to invigorate the team's lackluster pass rush, Morris is showing a willingness to continue using creative and unconventional packages that take advantage of individual players' strengths.

That was something we saw last season with players such as Dekoda Watson and Quincy Black. Morris might just be getting started when it comes to exploring new things.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 7:01pm]


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