Mike Morris 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Father was an offensive lineman at Florida State
- Consensus top-40-ranked defensive end
- 89 tackles as a senior, including 25 tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries
- Scheme tendencies: Multiple 4-2-5
- 2022 projected role: Starting edge defender
Pros: Mike Morris possesses the height, weight, and arm length you desire for a hand-in-the-dirt defensive end. Morris’ versatility and skill set are enticing. He stands up as an outside linebacker and reduces inside to rush interior gaps. From a recognition standpoint, he epitomizes the phrase “slow until you know.” Morris does not fall for the typical pre-snap eye candy by the offense. His play strength and length are a visible advantage versus the run. He holds up at the point of attack and uses his reach to stack/shed blocks once the ball carrier’s path has been determined. Morris plays with a physical and violent temperament, he attacks blocks with aggression. He’s athletically capable of dropping into zones for on-fire zone blitz calls. As a 6-foot-6 defender, Morris plays with good pad level and leverage at the point of attack.
Cons: Mike Morris’ aggression can be a bit much at times—play until the whistle, but not afterward. He plays with an edge but maintaining control and discipline will be key to avoiding penalties. Despite his frame and play strength, he is not a candidate to play 2i as a two-gapper versus the run. There are instances of him being driven off the ball versus double teams or duo blocks. Morris is not the most explosive or twitchy defender. This could limit his overall effectiveness rushing the passer versus NFL tackles off the edge. Continuing to grow or add to his pass-rush package will be important for his development at the next level.
Mike Morris NFL Draft Scouting Report by Damian Parson