Is it a Steve Keim draft if there isn’t a high upside, small school prospect drafted? No, it’s not. And this year, Jimmy Moreland could be the recipient of the ‘Cardinals small-school draft pick’ award.
Moreland is about as accomplished as small school cornerbacks come. The 5-11, 175-lb defensive back won more awards in 2018 than I have fingers, including FCS first-team All-American, FCS AP First-Team All-American, and CAA Defensive Player of the Year. Although he didn’t earn an invite to the 2019 NFL Combine, he impressed scouts at the East-West Shrine Game and Reeses Senior Bowl.
In college, he can best be described as ball-hawk — he tallied 18 career interceptions and 63 pass deflections. And despite not possessing ideal size, he’s a physical player who’s not afraid to make a hit.
"He’s likely a slot cornerback at the next level, but he’s so sudden in his movements side to side that I think he can take a lot of the success he had as an outside cornerback and move it inside as a potential full-time nickel player."
If you want a guy who is both fast and agile, can track the ball in the air, has hands like a wide receiver, will be physical first, will talk trash to opponents all game long, and has a mentality to shutdown his opponents in every way possible.
He’s not the name fans will push for, but he does have some well-respected fans across the NFL landscape. If he’s available at the start of the fifth round, and you have Steve Keim’s number, I would advise you to call him and request to draft Jimmy Moreland.