Pros: Shows good cutting ability, burst, and footwork. Runs low with more power than his size would merit. Breaks tackles and craves contact. Has a nice stiff arm. Has good hands and good after the catch. Can be a dangerous runner in open space because of his shiftiness. Willing blocker and doesn't quit on plays. Has good vision and runs well in traffic. Is a passionate player, that shows good toughness and leadership.
Cons: At times, his passion may get the better of him. Not as explosive at the end of the year as he was at the beginning.
Overview: There are really no major ﬂaws in Moreno's game. Any negatives really are nitpicking. He plays much faster than he times. Injuries may have led to his lack of burst as the season wore down, which could be a concern. Didn't really get the starting job until midway through his freshman year after Thomas Brown got injured. Finished year with 1,334 yards and 14 touchdowns. Had 1,400 yards and 16 scores this past year.
NFL Forecast: When I first saw him, he reminded me a lot of LaDainian Tomlinson. The next time I saw him he was reminiscent of Emmitt Smith. He has their vision, patience, burst and versatility as an offensive weapon. There really isn't anything that Moreno can't do. And I foresee him being a top back in the NFL for a long time. Remains to be seen if he can come close to approaching LT's and Emmitt's production, but should be a top back for at least a half decade in the pros.
ATL Forecast: Moreno would be an immediate upgrade over Norwood as the team's third down back because he's much more capable of splitting carries with Turner. That would save Turner for the stretch run late in the season. Moreno is probably so capable of being a successful runner in Atlanta that there could be weeks where Turner is really just the short- yardage and goal line back. Eventually, in two or so years, he'd probably be the Falcons starting running back. He's not the classic big and powerful Mularkey back, but he's similar to a young version of McGahee, so he can definitely work as the lead back and feature back in this offense. Moreno would be a ﬁxture here in Atlanta for probably at least ﬁve or more years.
Value: Moreno is one of the top players in this draft, and is of the caliber of runner that deserves a Top 5 selection.
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Scouting Reports of running backs and fullbacks in the 2009 draft.
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