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Bucs trade up to get Maryland DT

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Moore The Bucs moved up five picks in the fourth round in a trade with Chicago, to 115 overall, to select Maryland DT Dre Moore.

The 6-foot-4, 311-pound Moore is a quick interior lineman (4.8 40-yard dash) considered one of the strongest in Maryland history (when that past includes Shawne Merriman, it's pretty impressive). Moore can stuff the run and rush the passer; his six sacks last season were the most by a Terp since Merriman (8.5); Moore had 17.5 career tackles for loss.

Moore is apparently a late-bloomer, having only played one year of varsity football after Independence High (Charlotte, NC) coach Tommy Knotts spotted his huge frame in the hall and convinced him to try out. At Independence, Moore played with former Florida quarterback Chris Leak.

More about Moore to come. In the trade with Chicago, the Bucs gave up picks No. 120 and No. 158, but netted pick No. 175 in the sixth round.

The Bucs still have their original fifth-rounder, which is No. 153.

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

(Photo: Maryland's Dre Moore, right, chases Florida State quarterback Drew Weatherford. AP photo. Click to enlarge.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:01pm]

    

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