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NFL Draft 2019 scouting report: Can Foster Moreau be more than just a blocking tight end?

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Fourth round draft pick Foster Moreau is not your typical blocking tight end, here’s what sets him apart.

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Foster Moreau, TE, LSU

Measurables

6’4”, 253 lbs

Stats

2018: 22 receptions, 272 yards (12.4 average), 2 touchdowns

2017: 24 receptions, 278 yards (11.3 average), 3 touchdowns

2016: 6 receptions, 79 yards (13.2 average), 1 touchdown

Awards

2018: LSU team captain

Strengths

The Raiders got a natural leader with Foster Moreau, someone who is going to give 100% effort 100% of the time. Moreau is known for his blocking, it is what put him on the radar and it is what he perfected at LSU. His strength is paramount and he loves engaging linebackers or defensive ends at the line of scrimmage. A natural finisher, Moreau’s bread and butter is his run-blocking (think Lee Smith here). His athleticism allows him to be a dual-threat tight end in certain scenarios, but in the passing game Moreau is much weaker than in run blocking.

Weaknesses

Not the most polished route runner, Moreau can definitely benefit from coaching at the professional level. He doesn’t create much separation, and struggles after the catch. Not the best at winning jump balls, Moreau benefits more from designed plays or dump offs.

Verdict

A blocker first and receiver second.. Moreau’s athleticism is attractive, and many believe he was misused in an LSU offense that didn’t value his skill set. If he can expand his route tree and work on separating from defenders, he could more than justify his selection in the 4th round.

Fit with Raiders

He will earn his stripes in the trenches, but under Gruden’s tutelage, Moreau can become an every-down, dual-threat tight end that commands respect in both phases of the offense. With the reputation of a blocker, Moreau can be a sneaky option in the passing game. Regardless, Moreau will learn from one of the best blocking tight ends in the business in Lee Smith, and then eventually take over his share of offensive snaps.