In the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Redskins selected UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreau. At 6'0" 206 pounds, Moreau is a big, long, athletic corner, who excels in press man, showing the ability to run with the fastest receivers in the country.
First, let me start by telling you what I really like about this pick.
Moreau is one heck of an athlete. His measurables at cornerback are probably the best all-around in this draft class. He ran a 4.35 40 yard dash and jumped 38" in the vertical. Some people are going to say you need to look past just combine numbers, but there are some positions where a lack of speed just can't be compensated for, and cornerback is one of them. Now, if you add in his length, instinct and anticipation, you are getting one heck of a player here.
Now, I do believe Moreau is still a work in progress, as he was a converted running back at UCLA who is really still learning the nuances of the position. He does however show good eye discipline and an understanding of route combos.
What concerns me the most is the pec injury he sustained while bench pressing at his pro day. It's not because I believe this will hinder him in the future, but rather it should keep him from participating in all OTA's and most likely training camp. It's very likely he starts the season on the PUP list, and for a young corner who is still learning the position, this will set him back even further than most of his draft mates.
Overall, I think this was an excellent pick for the Redskins. If healthy, he could have went late in the first round, so the Redskins got a potential steal here. If Moreau can see the field in at least some sub packages as a rookie, it will set him up to possibly take over if the Redskins decide to move on from Bashaud Breeland in 2018.