Round 7, Pick 215: Jimmy Moreland, CB, James Madison
This pick was made in the last mock draft as well, but it makes too much sense and could give the Buccaneers a huge contributor with a their last pick in the draft. Jimmy Moreland remains a secret in this draft after playing at James Madison, but he could give head coach Bruce Arians and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles the nickel cornerback they are searching for.
In three seasons at James Madison, Moreland tallied an astounding 14 interceptions and 42 passes defended. In addition, he added 128 tackles and a sack and a half; small school, but big production from the 5’9 and 179 pound cornerback.
After not receiving an invitation to the combine, Moreland tested as an above average athlete at his pro day. Moreland ran a 4.46 40 yard dash, nearly hit 40 inches on his vertical jump and 10 feet on his broad jump, and ran a sub-seven second 3-cone drill.
Arians has publicly expressed his confidence in current outside cornerbacks Vernon Hargreaves and Carlton Davis, but stated that they are still looking for their nickel corner. With his production and testing numbers, Moreland could fill that void in Tampa Bay.