HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Jimmy Moreland watched as 226 NFL hopefuls were selected before him in the 2019 NFL draft. When the 227 overall pick in the 7th round came, the Washington Redskins ended Moreland's wait.
"You know it's always been like that for me," Moreland told WHSV on Sunday. "I always have something to prove because of my size and things like that. You know I didn't go big [division I FBS] and I went to an [FCS] school and I always had to prove myself."
Now, Moreland is ready to make noise in the NFL.
"It's a moment I've been waiting for my whole life," Moreland said. "Now I'm just trying to live up to that moment and show the world what I can do for the Redskins."
Moreland is the first Duke to be drafted to the NFL since Earl Watford was taken by the Arizona Cardinals in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL draft.
He's the all-time JMU interceptions leader and least season he was named a consensus All-American and CAA Defensive Player of the year. He finished the 2018 season with 10 pass breakups, 56 total tackles, he had five interceptions and returned three of them for touchdowns.
Moreland won't have to go too far from Harrisonburg since the Redskins' practice facility is in Ashburn, Virginia.
"I think it's good for JMU nation," Moreland said. "There are a lot of Redskins fans in JMU nation."
Moreland will join a Redskins secondary that boasts cornerback Josh Norman and recently acquired safety Landon Collins.
"They're veterans and they're good players as well," Moreland said. "I'll learn from them, being a rookie and a good player that I am, it'll be a great start for me."
Moreland also joins former Duke Andrew Ankrah on the Redskins' roster. JMU sports fans in the Commonwealth will have the chance to go see Moreland in the burgundy and gold at Redskins training camp in Richmond this summer.
Moreland is hoping to not only see fans, but see more Dukes in the NFL down the road.
"You got Rashad Robinson coming out, Dimitri Holloway coming out next year, Rondell Carter, you know, there's a lot of guys coming out," Moreland said. "It's trending up now."
JMU running back Marcus Marshall went undrafted, but earned two rookie camp invites with the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs, he will attend both.