Downtown Rams Draft Profile: UCLA CB Fabian Moreau

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Our new massive series here at Downtown Rams will give you players that catch our eye. We will bring you bring you draft prospects, see where their fit is with the Rams and of course give you a player comparison

Who is the 6-foot-0, 206 pound CB Fabian Moreau? 

Fabian Moreau is a former running back that was converted to cornerback. He has ridiculous speed and could seriously end up being one of the biggest sleepers in this draft. His physicality combined with his speed gives him a rare and extremely value package for his future team at the next level. He also is considered a high quality leader and locker room force, something that NFL team’s will love about Moreau. 

 

Strengths

Elite speed (4.37 to be exact) 

A+ awareness

Adequate ball skills

Explodes to the ball 

Stronger than most at his position

Possesses well beyond quality tackling technique

Shows exceptional lateral quickness

Very fluid hips which allows him to change direction easier than most 

Embraces the ability to improve, he just continues to learn and grow as a corner

Shows off the ability to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage and stay physical throughout their routes

Recovery speed could allow him to grow into a pure shutdown cornerback at the next level

 

Weaknesses 

He tends to get a little to grabby and impatient 

Needs to improve with tracking the deep ball at the next level

Gets caught up on blocks often

Less experience than his peers (just transferred from RB to CB in college) 

Doesn’t play with the intensity he should against lesser receivers 

Bites often on a receiver’s head fake or a quarterback’s pump fake 

 

How does he fit with the Rams?

Moreau is going to be fighting for a nickel or outside starting job. I think ultimately he is a guy who needs refinement to his game and once he receives that he can be great. As of right now I see Trumaine Johnson, Kayvon Webster and LaMarcus Joyner as the starters so Moreau would have to show that he can make Joyner expendable. Overall though the Rams need cornerback depth and Moreau provides that on top of his really intriguing upside. 

 

Draft grade:

4th round

 

Player comparison 

Prince Amukamara 

Now you aren’t going to find anyone that is too similar to Moreau seeing as hardly anyone comes from being a running back to switching to cornerback. Amukamara however is the closest comparison in my opinion. Both players run in the 4.3’s and stick to their assignment’s like glue. Amukamara has been vastly underrated since his departure from the New York Giants and Moreau is vastly underrated in this NFL draft. To be completely honest it’s amazing how Moreau and Amukamara run that fast and yet there are other guys who are always talked about over them. Both guys are six feet tall and have that physical 200 plus pound body to excel as outside cornerbacks. Amukamara was drafted much higher than Moreau is going to be but I believe that Moreau can be this type of player. It’s important to temper expectations on him early on seeing as he hasn’t played corner all his life like his peers may have.  

 

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