2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Mike Morris

  • Mike Morris, 6-6/292

  • Defensive End

  • Michigan

  • Mike Morris Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Good athlete for his size
  • Has some quickness for a big edge rusher
  • Excellent combo of height, weight, length, speed & athleticism
  • Quick off the edge
  • Speed to power rusher
  • Ability to redirect
  • Closing speed
  • Burst to get upfield
  • Has strength
  • Strong to get off blocks
  • Active hands
  • Uses hands and feet at the same time
  • Versatile to play a variety of techniques
  • Fits a 3-4 or 4-3 defense
  • Could play end and tackle
  • Upside; best football is ahead of him

  • Weaknesses:
  • Not physical playing the run
  • Lack of production in college
  • One-year wonder
  • Can be more disruptive than productive
  • Could use more pass-rushing moves for the NFL

  • Summary: Morris had a strong senior year for the Wolverines in which he showed improved pass-rush ability. After recording only .5 sacks in 2021 and 2020 combined, Morris totaled seven sacks, 23 tackles, a forced fumble and two passes batted during 2022.

    As a pass rusher, Morris has the potential to be a dangerous off the edge. He is surprisingly fast for a big defensive end and is able to bend and dip underneath blockers, with rare speed to close on the quarterback. Alongside his speed, Morris has quality size to him and the strength to get off blocks. He also possesses active hands that he uses at the same time as his feet. Morris does well in terms of using his speed to get upfield, chopping a tackle’s hands off of him, and then bolting around the corner to pressure the quarterback. Morris needs to develop more pass-rushing moves for the NFL. It would be good to see him add more rip, club, and swim moves.

    As a run defender, Morris is a bit of an enigma. He has the size and strength to be a load at the point of attack, but he is not particularly physical against the run. Morris will need to play tougher and with more aggression in in the NFL to succeed in the ground game.

    In the NFL, Morris has the size to play end on base downs and move inside to rush over guards in the sub package. He will need more development, but he has a good skill set with upside to develop.

    Team sources told WalterFootball.com they believe that Morris could be a second- or third-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

    Player Comparison: Rashan Gary. Some team sources labelled Morris as a poor man’s Gary. They said Morris is not as talented as Gary and not as keen on being physical or playing the run like Gary, but they are similar in size and both are exceptional athletes. Hence, Morris has upside and could be a lesser version of Gary in the NFL.


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