Photo of Fabian Moreau
Drafted By: Redskins
  • Round 3
  • Pick 17
  • Overall 81

Combine Results

Grade
5.76 ?
  • 4.35 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 38.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 136.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.94 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.12 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.45 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"I love this pick. I had him as a first-round corner before he tore his pec bench-pressing at his pro day. He's got speed, length and ball skills. He just needs to be more consistently physical and needs more snaps to understand the game a bit better." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 3/8" Arm Length
  • 206LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

Going into Moreau's 2015 season, his head coach, Jim Mora, Jr. called him a first-round talent. Three games into the season (eight tackles, one pass breakup), the Florida native's season ended with a Lisfranc injury in his left foot. He bounced back in 2016, receiving honorable mention All-Pac-12 notice by leading the Bruins with 10 pass breakups, to go along with two interceptions. Moreau built his reputation with an honorable mention All-Pac-12 season as a sophomore (51 tackles, four PBU) and second-team all-conference effort in 2014 (53 tackles, three for loss, one INT, eight PBU). Moreau made the switch from offense to defense during his first year with the Bruins, making five tackles as a reserve defensive back and on special teams.

Analysis

Strengths

Former running back with a thick frame and great speed. Showed off his ability to jam and reroute receivers at Shrine Game practices. Patient from press. Fluid athlete with good lateral quickness and agility to press and match against plus athletes. Maintains good feel for the route as it progresses. Early accelerator with recovery quickness and "makeup" long speed. Good physicality inside the route. Shows enough reactive twitch to challenge slants. Uses size and speed to crowd vertical routes and fight off receivers' attempts to stack him on their hips. Showed noticeable improvement in confidence and coverage skills from 2014. Has upper body strength to stack and shuck most receivers. Break-down, wrap-up tackler with the build to challenge NFL runners with size.

Weaknesses

Fairly limited in his coverages with focus on Cover-3 and press man. Lower body hits pause button giving up some separation when biting into head fake at top of the route. Takes time to gather and redirect when transitioning forward from bail coverage. Instincts and ball production have been marginal. Slow to recognize clearing routes and rarely ejects to overlap back into the play area. Paltry average of just one interception every 63 targets. Slow to find and track the deep throw. Has been tagged with an excessive amount of pass interferences and defensive holding penalties in college. Loses track of his man during scrambles.

Draft Projection

Round 2

Sources Tell Us

"He's big and strong but I just want him to play with more edge. He should be whipping and overwhelming some of these skinny receivers but he just lets them take too many liberties. I would want to bust their ass and let them know what’s up early in the game." -- NFC West regional scout

NFL Comparison

Darqueze Dennard

Bottom Line

Moreau is an explosive athlete who had to transition from running back over to cornerback. While the transition has taken some time thanks to inexperience and his 2015 injury, Moreau's tape shows a more confident and consistent cover man than before. Moreau's strength, speed and athleticism will move him up draft boards, but a torn pectoral muscle at his pro day could cause him to drop by a round.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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