UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreau is quickly rising up draft boards and making himself a first round consideration.
School: UCLA Ht: 6-0 Wt: 206
Moreau has adequate size for the position. Possesses the speed, quickness and agility to excel in man coverage. He is more fluid than quick-twitch, allowing him to smoothly break on routes and adjust in the open field. Shows patience when pressing and his feet/hands work in unison. Quickly processes what his eyes see and diagnoses accurately. Shows the savvy to bait quarterbacks in order to make plays on the ball and create turnovers. Shows good hand-eye coordination and timing to slap the ball away as it arrives, doing a nice job of keeping his hands free of the receiver so as to not draw the ire of officials. He breaks down well as a tackler in the open field, showing good length and strength to wrap up ballcarriers.
While Moreau is adept at press-man and cover-3, he is limited in his bail and off-man experience/technique. Shows lapses in concentration and will lose his man in coverage, especially when passing plays break down. Ball production doesn’t match his physical attributes. Only 2 INT in 2016 and averaged just 1 INT per 62.7 targets during his collegiate career. Ran well at the combine but doesn’t consistently play as fast as his testing numbers indicate.
Fabian Moreau is a former running back who shows the agility and vision of one. Bounced back from a 2015 Lisfranc injury to have a stellar 2016 season. He was the best defensive back during East-West Shrine Game practices and saw his draft stock soar. He has the size/athleticism teams covet and is sticky in man coverage. With the way he consistently progressed at UCLA, he should show substantial growth once he hits the NFL. He stock on draft day will benefit from the recent injury to Washington’s Sidney Jones.
Late Round 1 – Early Round 2