The Steelers selected offensive tackle Dan Moore Jr. in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the 128th overall pick.
"It means everything," said Moore Jr. of being drafted by the Steelers. "Growing up and watching them win the Super Bowl, playing in the Super Bowl. I know the history of the black and yellow being a football fan myself. Knowing the tradition, it runs deep up there with football. I know people up there are serious about the NFL team they have and I look forward to continuing that."
Moore Jr., who played at Texas A&M, was a second-team All-SEC selection in 2020. Moore started 10 games at left tackle in 2020, a key part of one of the SEC's best offensive lines in rankings in sacks allowed (0.7), tackles for loss allowed (3.8) and yards per carry (5.45) while finishing as finalists for the Joe Moore Award.
"I would describe my mentality as hardworking," said Moore Jr. "Regardless of the talent you have, you have to work hard every day and prepare yourself for those moments. That is the mindset that I have."
Moore Jr. started all 13 games in both 2018 and 2019, while playing in eight games his freshman season in 2017. He started off as a guard at A&M but switched to tackle early on.
"I know they drafted for me a reason," said Moore Jr. "Whatever it is, I am ready to take it on. I started off at guard moved to tackle my third game of the season. It wasn't a hard transition at all. It's the coaching style we have at A&M, the next man up, you have to be ready to play any position."
Moore Jr. met with the Steelers at the Senior Bowl, but he also met with the other 31 NFL teams, so he didn't know how strong the interest was. After hearing from offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, the interest was strong.
"I am really excited about getting Dan, an athletic guy that is long," said Klemm. "He is a very mature player. It's exciting to get somebody who has position flexibility in terms of playing on the right and left. He is a guy who is focused primarily on playing on the left, but he is capable of playing on the right, that adds depth without adding numbers. I am really excited about this.
"This is a guy who is more than capable of being nasty, playing physically and finishing and all of those things. That guy has finished and pounded people in the dirt. He plays consistently at a high level with a high motor."
Dan Moore Jr.
West Brook High School
4th Round – 128th Overall
Started all 10 games, logging 691 snaps at left tackle ... named second-team All‐SEC ... served as team captain in the season opener ... made the start at left tackle and helped clear the way for Isaiah Spiller's fifth career 100‐yard rushing game in the season‐opening win over Vanderbilt ... held the line and allowed the Aggies to tally 450 yards of total offense at Alabama ... helped the Aggie rack up 543 yards of offense in the win over Florida, including 205 on the ground ... protected QB Kellen Mond and did not allow a sack for the third straight game while also only giving up one tackle for loss on the final play of the game at Mississippi State … helped extend the streak of not allowing a sack for the fourth straight game in the win over Arkansas … helped the Aggies tally 530 yards of total offense in the dominating 48‐3 win at South Carolina, including 264 on the ground ... earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for his performance against the Gamecocks … helped pave the way for Isaiah Spiller's 141 rushing yard performance in the win over LSU ... rolled over the Tiger defense for a season‐high 313 yards rushing in the victory at Auburn … contributed to a 497 total offensive yard performance in the win at Tennessee ... helped the Aggies tally 457 yards of total offense in the 41‐27 Orange Bowl victory over North Carolina ... as a unit, was named a finalist for the Joe Moore Award ... named to the Outland Trophy Watch List, as well as the Preseason Coaches' All‐SEC Third Team.
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Started all 13 games ... made the start in the season‐opening win over Texas State, clearing the way for a pair of 100‐yard rushers … helped the Aggies tally over 600 yards of offense in the win over Lamar … helped the Aggies rack up over 200 rushing yards, as they scored four times on the ground and finished the Mississippi State game with 441 yards of offense ... helped hold the line for the Aggies to tally over 500 yards of offense, including 267 rushing yards against UTSA … cleared the way for a pair of 100‐yard rushers as the Aggies racked up 319 yards on the ground against South Carolina.
Started all 13 games, helping the Aggies gain 5,590 total yards on the season … received Sophomore Academic Award at the team's annual banquet.
Appeared in eight games, earning a start at RT at Florida.
Coached by Kevin Flanigan at Beaumont West Brook Senior High School ... rated a three-star recruit by PrepStar ... named to the PrepStar All‐Midlands Region Team ... three‐star recruit by Scout ... rated the nation's No. 47 offensive guard ... rated the No. 8 OG in the state of Texas and No. 9 in the Midland Region ... three‐star prospect by Rivals ... three‐star by ESPN ... rated the No. 73 offensive guard in the nation ... No. 150 in the state of Texas and No. 194 in the Midlands Region ... three‐star by 247Sports ... rated the No. 39 offensive guard in the nation ... No. 104 player in the state of Texas.