Eddie Deon Moore (born July 5, 1980 in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is a retired American football linebacker who played two seasons for the Miami Dolphins in the National Football League. A starter at the University of Tennessee, Moore was selected as the 49th pick of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Dolphins. However, his career was shorted by injuries and character issues and released after three seasons with the team. The selection of Moore in the draft, instead of wide receiver Anquan Boldin is considered one of the biggest draft blunders in Dolphins history.
Moore went to high school in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. He was a four-year letterman and two-year starter at the University of Tennessee and finished his career with 219 tackles, six sacks, 13 pass deflections, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Moore was selected in the second round (49th overall selection) by the Miami Dolphins in the 2003 NFL Draft. The selection was wildly criticized, considering the Dolphins need in wide receiver, and Anquan Boldin (who was selected by the Arizona Cardinals right after), among others were available. Moore was projected as a third to fifth round pick, and the Dolphins was stabilized at the position, recently acquiring Junior Seau the previous week, and having Pro Bowler Zach Thomas on its roster. The front office staff at the time, expected the Dolphins head coach Dave Wannstedt, to pick Boldin, but were "surprised" at the selection. Wannstedt later defended his pick, stating that Moore was the "highest ranked player available", and someone who could "contribute to special teams immediately". However, Moore injured his foot in a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had surgery, forcing him to miss the entire 2003 season. Moore played in 12 games during the 2004 season, starting four. He recorded 46 tackles, 12 in special teams, and a forced fumble.
Moore began the 2005 season as a backup linebacker and as a special teams player. However, he fractured his knee against the Buffalo Bills and was placed in injured reserve, ending his season. During the 2006 offseason, he was traded to the New Orleans Saints for linebacker Courtney Watson, which was vetoed due to Moore failing his physical. On January 16, 2007 he was signed to a future contract by the Denver Broncos but didn't made the squad.
In his short two year career, Moore played in only 18 games, finishing with 38 tackles, and no sacks.
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