It is almost time for the Fiesta and Peach Bowls, home to this year’s College Football Playoff Semifinals. The time for the four best teams in the country to square off and show the nation what makes them great. All four teams are loaded with talent and have guys who will be top-tier picks in the 2023 NFL Draft.
The Fiesta Bowl is a great example of that. Both teams have deep rosters with a number of guys who will be drafted, along with a handful of guys who will be picked in the first two days. Today, we’ll go over the three best prospects in this game, and what kind of impact you should expect them to have.
3. Mike Morris, Michigan Outside Linebacker
Mike Morris has come on and served as Aidan Hutchinson’s replacement for Michigan this year. While he hasn’t been as good, he’s done pretty well, recording seven sacks in 10 games and winning the top defensive lineman in the Big Ten.
At 6’6”, 292 lbs, Morris has the size to be an NFL defensive end, but his speed may lend him to transition into an outside linebacker at the next level. Former Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary made a similar move, and he’s found success in the NFL, and Morris might be in for the same fate. Mel Kiper has him as the third-best OLB in the draft, and recent mock drafts have had him going across the first three rounds. A solid playoff performance could boost Morris up even higher.
Towards the end of the season, Morris was dealing with a lingering injury that kept him limited for their final three games. With over a month to recover now, he should be fully healthy and good to go for the Fiesta Bowl. As Michigan’s best rusher on a great defensive line, that is scary for TCU. Expect Morris to make some noise in the backfield and get after Max Duggan.