2019 NFL Draft Prospect Spotlight: Chase DeMoor, Defensive Linemen, Central Washington
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Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for the time, Chase. Please tell us about yourself?
Chase DeMoor: My name is Chase DeMoor I am a 6’5 250 defensive linemen from central Washington university, I grew up in a super small town in Washington state called Eatonville. I went to JUCO out of high school and received a couple division 1 offers before eventually committing to play ball for central. I work at Starbucks as well as play football on top of being a full-time student which gave me a stronger work ethic than most, I lost my dad at a young age as well which gave me the opportunity to grow up early and understand the world and how it works.
Justin David Kish: You played college football at Central Washington. Tell us about your time spent at Central Washington?
Chase DeMoor: My time at central Washington definitely had its up and downs. Coming in as a division 1 bounce back I didn’t expect the talent level to be there, however, I was quickly humbled once I got here I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by a lot of talented players who all could have easily played and major college football schools. This was incredible because of the amount of character development I had to go through as well as how it bettered me not only as a player but as an individual as well as brought me closer to god. I was lucky enough to meet some of my best friends as well as win back to back rings.
Justin David Kish: During your tenure at Central Washington, you wore the jersey #94. What is the reason behind that jersey number?
Chase DeMoor: Jersey 94 is an interesting story, coming into central I wore the number 17, the previous player who wore that jersey was an outstanding player who was well known around the school, it was an honor to wear, however the following year the equipment guy at our school gave it to a defensive back, which makes sense, allowing me to get the #94. I Certainly was not happy at all about having to wear this jersey but like most things in life you have to just deal with it, it turned out that it was a good look on me and I was able to break a record wearing that jersey number, so I’m the sense, the jersey and me made our own legacy at central Washington.
Justin David Kish: At Central Washington, you were coached by head coach Ian Shoemaker and John Picha. How did the Central Washington coaching staff improve you as a player?
Chase DeMoor: Coach Shoe and coach Picha are outstanding. Coach Shoe is a little younger guy, family man and coach Picha has been around awhile so I feel like they compliment each other well, they improved me as a player by allowing me to face my demons as a person and were with me through them. They helped me a lot with the transition from JUCO player to university ball as well. These guys are some of the most well-educated set of offensive coordinators in college football and will have an opportunity to continue developing players as they move forward.
Justin David Kish: Playing in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in D-II you played against teams like Saint Martin’s, Western Oregon and Western Washington. When you look back on your career what is one game that really took you to your limits?
Chase DeMoor: Looking back o would say when we had our new stadium opener against West Texas A&M, our team played well and I had an opportunity to go out there and help us compete, it was one of my first games playing on the inside and I knew that I was determined to do whatever it takes to win games. It was a mental switch at that point and I never looked back.
Justin David Kish: Being a defensive lineman you played against some of the toughest offensive linemen in division-II. Who was the toughest player you ever played against in college?
Chase DeMoor: James Moore. The kid is unbelievably talented at the offensive line position. He does things most big fellas can’t movement wise as well as having a high football IQ.
Justin David Kish: You created many memories with your teammates. What is one memory that stands out from the rest?
Chase DeMoor: The biggest memory that stands out to me was when we went 11-0, that season was just incredible we would show up to games knowing that we were “big brother” and would beat down on teams all the way to the playoffs.
Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a Central Washington Wildcat?
Chase DeMoor: Grit. Integrity. Loyalty. Relentlessness and brotherhood. Our core values say everything about what it means to be a Wildcat.
Justin David Kish: You are now shifting your focus on professional football. How are you currently preparing yourself for your pro day and other pro opportunities?
Chase DeMoor: I’m currently in the works with signing an agent to be represented by, I work out 3 times a day 6 days a week as well as having a meal plan to best put myself in a position to be successful.
Justin David Kish: You just recently finished up the FCS Bowl. What did you learn from the experience and what did you learn from the coaches around and players around you?
Chase DeMoor: What an incredible experience out there in Florida. The coaches out there were able to demonstrate next level technique and the players were some of the most talented set of guys I’ve been around I learned I was able to compete and win at that level it showed me that wherever you go football is football.
Justin David Kish: What are your pre-draft measurables?
Chase DeMoor: 6’5, 250lbs, 4.7 40. And a 36” vertical jump. And hitting 225 about 28 times.
Justin David Kish: When you look at the way you play football what is your biggest strength and what is one area of your game you are always improving on?
Chase DeMoor: My get-off and length are my biggest strengths those first two steps. I’m always trying to improve everywhere though, once you get complacent as an athlete that’s when you settle and someone else is ready to take your job.
Justin David Kish: What would your coaches say the type of player you are?
Chase DeMoor: Hard working. Extreme effort and mentally tough.
Justin David Kish: When watching game film what do you look for?
Chase DeMoor: Offensive tendencies, misty out of offensive linemen sets and QB progression.
Justin David Kish: Do you have the ability to command the players around you?
Chase DeMoor: I have strong leadership skills, yes, but most people I’m around want to be successful and are motivated as well. And if you’re not motivated then you become irrelevant
Justin David Kish: Name a point in your career where you overcame adversity and what did you learn from it?
Chase DeMoor: When my grandfather passed away. I told him whatever it takes. I’ll take care of our family. And I left for school got my degree and played football ever since.
Justin David Kish: How do you stand out from the other draft-eligible defensive linemen?
Chase DeMoor: I’m big. Strong fast and physical, I had a great football IQ and I can play anywhere on the Defensive Line as well as linebacker spots I think versatility for me is huge that’s what separates me.
Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions, I am going to put you on the line. My first question, if you could compare yourself to any current NFL defensive lineman who would it be and why?
Chase DeMoor: I would say Myles Garrett. Just because we have similar builds and play style, that long big strong fast physicality getting off the ball with relentless effort to get after the quarterback. This makes for an outstanding defensive player.
Justin David Kish: My final question, if I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Chase DeMoor?
Chase DeMoor: You should draft Chase DeMoor because you know what you’re getting. Someone who can fit in any defensive scheme who has strong leadership skills and is a team player willing to do whatever it takes to win games. He is big. Strong and fast and can also play special teams if needed. He’s a small school guy who understands what hard work means and is willing to put in the work each and every day.