As a Pac-12 writer on a different website, I always knew the name “Fabian Moreau”, what I didn’t know was that he was a legitimate NFL Draft prospect. I first gained recognition of him at the East-West Shrine Game where Daniel Jeremiah said he, “wouldn’t be shocked if Moreau was a 1st round pick”. Instantly after that comment I became intrigued as that is extremely high praise from one of the NFL Draft experts I respect the most. Moreau went on to steal the show of all defensive backs at the Shrine Game and got himself on my radar. Head coach Jim Mora Jr. also described Moreau as a “1st round talent”, for what that’s worth.
After standing out at the Shine Game, Moreau continued to do whatever necessary to get himself on the national radar with an impressive 4.35 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine – the 2nd fastest of any participating corner. This guy deserves consideration in the 2nd round, and dare I say it, perhaps the 1st round? Ok, I’ll stop there. However, if it had been any other draft class, that is a legitimate possibility as 2017 boasts the deepest group of corners in recent memory.
A native of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Moreau didn’t receive any offers from major Florida programs, so he opted to go out west and play at UCLA, which proved to be a tremendous outcome for him. In a deep corner class, Moreau could prove to be a steal in the 3rd round, or perhaps even higher.
Name: Fabian Moreau
Size: 6’0”/206/31 3/8” Arm Length
Class: Senior (RS)
Comparison: Anthony Brown (Dallas Cowboys)
Draft Grade: Day 2
Combine Results: 40 Yard Dash: 4.35 – Vertical Jump: 38” – Broad Jump: 136” – 3-Cone Drill: 6.49 – 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.12
Positives: Savvy, experienced corner. Best trait is ability to angle receivers outside towards the sideline. You want him working the sidelines. Quick, fluid movement skills, foot speed and swift change of direction. Controlled body shift. Disciplined, patient corner who won’t bite on “pump-and-gos” or head fakes and sticks with his man. Excels at undercutting routes and explodes in front for disruption. Plays the ball well and throws his hand in good positions. Smart in zone coverage and effortlessly picks up his man with steam moving upfield. Deals with split coverage effectively. Reads the QB’s eyes and reacts accordingly whether he drops back into coverage or sticks the underneath route. Sound outside blitzer who will set the edge then quickly pounce at the ball carrier. Willing run defender. 4.35 40 yard dash was 2nd among corners at the Combine.
Negatives: Lacks adequate strength and will usually get driven back by bigger receivers. Not an ideal press corner. Allows receivers to comeback to the ball off a push-off frequently. Often times gives just enough room for receivers over the middle of the field by a step or two. Even with his speed, allows the receiver to slowly drift away downfield. Tends to be a bit grabby and may be prone to penalties at the next level as he becomes accustomed to NFL game. Tackling technique could use some improvement. Takes poor angles in pursuit. Foot injury ended 2015 season.
Outlook: Part of me wants to say Moreau is better fit as a zone, off ball corner, but then again he excels at finessing receivers to the sideline. He’s a versatile inside-out guy who can even excel out of the slot with his size, speed and smarts for the game. With the Shrine Game and Combine considered, he’s done everything to help his stock and gain attention of NFL teams. An overall solid player who serves as great value at any point on Day 2.