Jimmy Moreland

James Madison

Prospect Info

College
James Madison
Hometown
Class
FL
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
179 lbs
29 5/8”
Hands
9”

Prospect Grade

5.29
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
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2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Washington
Redskins
Round 7 ‧ Pick 13
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Moreland started out his career with the Dukes in a big way, becoming a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman at the FCS level in 2014. He started 12 of 13 games played that year, making 47 tackles, two for loss, intercepting three passes and breaking up 12 others. Moreland also led the FCS with five blocked kicks. An arrest for petty theft in a February 2015 incident, however, sidelined him for a year. He earned his spot on the team for the 2016 season, starting six of 15 games (37 tackles, two interceptions, nine pass breakups). The two-time All-State pick at Royal Palm Beach High School in Florida came back strong in his junior year, collecting first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association accolades after ranking second in the FCS with eight interceptions, while also breaking up 14 passes and posting 68 tackles (2.5 for loss). Moreland finished his career with a flourish, earning AP FCS first-team All-American honors and being a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defender in the FCS. He started all 13 games, making 56 tackles, 7.5 for loss, intercepting five passes and breaking up 10 others. Moreland set JMU records with 18 interceptions and six "pick-sixes."
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
NFL Comparison
Tony Carter
Overview
Undersized outside corner by trade who will move inside due to a lack of desired NFL size. Moreland is a ball-hawking playmaker who saw six of his 18 career interceptions turn into touchdowns. He's tenacious and physical from press with the fluidity and speed to hold up in trail technique but his off-man coverage needs work. He's thin and needs more functional mass and strength to play the NFL game, but his ball skills and toughness give him a shot at eventually finding NFL playing time as a press-happy nickel.
Strengths
  • Fast with consistent history as playmaker
  • Has 18 career interceptions including six for touchdowns
  • Turned in explosive 39-inch vertical leap at pro day
  • True annoyance in coverage
  • In-your-face press with accurate initial jam
  • Adequate footwork and twitch to dog routes from trail
  • Uses physicality and well-timed reaches into passing lane to disrupt
  • Trusts his eyes
  • Comes off his man to overlap in coverage
  • Rare talent as kick blocker with six total during career
Weaknesses
  • Thin frame needs more functional strength and muscle
  • Big targets can bang on him
  • Contact balance is below average
  • Shows some impatience in press mirror
  • Coverage takes a downturn from off-man
  • Tall, tight backpedal with narrow base
  • Takes time to gather and go from top of his drop
  • Unable to close out throws with desired burst
  • Could struggle as NFL tackler in run support
  • Dismissed from team in 2016 for petty larceny charge and violating team rules
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league