After going quarterback, tight end over the first two rounds, Oakland went on the defensive with the first pick of the third round.
Poor production in 2006 dropped Quentin Moses' stock considerably – he had been considered a top 15 pick coming into the year.
After a junior year in which Moses had 11.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles-for-loss, he was ranked the No. 1 returning defensive end in the nation by some draft experts and considered a potential top five pick in this year’s draft. As a senior, he had four sacks and 12 tackles-for-loss.
Moses bench pressed 225 times just 17 times at the NFL Combine, raising questions about his strength. As a speed rusher who weighs 260 pounds, Moses needed to impress scouts with his 40-yard dash time, but he was clocked at 4.85 at the combine, .2 seconds slower than former Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams, who is expected to be a top 10 pick.
“It comes up in almost every conversation,” agent Sean Kiernan of Impact Sports Management said. “We compare the film from his junior year and senior, and the skills they see in the junior year film are one of the things that make him still very attractive and should allow him to go a little higher than maybe people expect. The NFL draft is based more on what they can make you instead of how good you are today. He still has that ability and upside to be made into a Pro Bowl caliber player.”