Sleepers and underdogs: Liam Jenkins’ top-5 NFL Draft crushes of 2019


Jimmy Moreland, CB, James Maddison

If you’re familiar with my work, you’ll know I’m a SUCKER for good cornerback play. In a class where the drop-off in talent is substantial, I believe Jimmy Moreland is a real diamond in the rough.

In 56 games at James Maddison, he knocked down 63 passes, intercepted 18, accumulated 208 tackles and recorded 7.5 for a loss. That’s impressive, right? When i tell you he’s 5-11 and weighs 175 lbs, it’s even more so.

Moreland is a scrappy corner who plays with a chip on his shoulder. He can get grabby at times as a result. His ball-skills are flat out ridiculous, tracking the ball over his shoulder like a wide receiver and keeping his head on a swivel, playing the ball and not the receiver.

He presses hard at the line of scrimmage and gives more than a ‘bump’ at the best of times which could hurt at the next level. But I want a corner with swagger. Someone who won’t back down from the man opposite. And Eric Crocker, former NFL DB, was telling me how at the East-West Shrine game, he was the chirpiest of the bunch, barking at any dog who dared line up opposite.

His size will likely limit him to a nickel role at the NFL level, but considering how much movement could take place in the Eagles secondary, why not add an aggressive corner who will chirp like Jalen Mills, hit like Rodney McLeod and pluck like Rasul Douglas?

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