HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Former James Madison cornerback Jimmy Moreland is expected to be selected during the upcoming NFL Draft. He would be JMU's first draft pick since 2013 when offensive lineman Earl Watford was selected by the Arizona Cardinals.
Moreland is projected to be a mid-round selection. He is coming off a sensational senior season in which he was named CAA Defensive Player of the Year and was a consensus first-team All-American. Moreland had 56 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, five interceptions, 10 pass breakups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a blocked punt during the 2018 season. He returned three of his five interceptions for touchdowns.
The Florida native played for the Dukes in 2014 and then from 2016-2018. He was dismissed from the team and missed the 2015 season due to a petit larceny charge.
Moreland returned to the team under former JMU head coach Mike Houston and put together an incredible career over his final three seasons with the Dukes. He finished his career with 208 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, two sacks, 18 interceptions, and three touchdowns.
The 2019 NFL Draft begins with the first round Thursday at 8 p.m. Rounds two and three take place Friday starting at 7 p.m. The draft concludes with rounds four through seven Saturday beginning at 12 p.m. The NFL Draft will be televised on NFL Network, ABC, and ESPN.