James Madison cornerback Jimmy Moreland is creating a buzz for himself already in practice leading up to the East-West Shrine Game.
Moreland, at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, was a First Team All-American in 2018 for the Dukes.
He finished his career with 63 passes defended and 18 interceptions, which he returned for a total of 363 yards and six touchdowns.
#JMU’s Jimmy Moreland is one to watch at the @Shrine_Game . Dukes all-time interception leader with 18 career interceptions, 6 returned for TDs. @JMUFootball @Madia_DNRSports pic.twitter.com/yZCAIWurFV
— Kevin ODonnell Fox13 (@ODonnellFox13) January 14, 2019
His play early in practice this week has caught the eye of NFL scouts and media in attendance.
Jimmy Moreland JMU CB has 2 impressive picks already. Very aggressive
— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) January 14, 2019
Moreland is one of the top NFL Draft prospects in the FCS and hopes his stock continues to grow.
— PewterReport (@PewterReport) January 14, 2019
NFLDraftScout currently ranks Moreland the 28th best cornerback in the draft. There are some concerns about his size, but this week gives him an opportunity to squash those concerns.
.@JMUFootball CB Jimmy Moreland is one of the smallest dudes out here at 5-10, 175 but I can already tell I like this guy. Had an INT in 1-on-1s, and he is really twitchy of an athlete. pic.twitter.com/5kpqfQfGKd
— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) January 14, 2019
So far, Moreland has impressed and is shedding that "small school" label as an FCS player.
Good rep for both guys, but Lodge had the ball at the whistle: pic.twitter.com/i6kFOmvTfA
— The Draft Network (@DraftNetworkLLC) January 14, 2019