Mike Morris (Seahawks, 4th round)
Another guy that I was surprised was still on the board in the fourth round of the 2023 NFL draft was Michigan EDGE/defensive lineman Mike Morris.
Morris is a beast of a man at 6-foot-6, around 280 pounds. His biggest issue was that the latter part of his season was hindered due to injury.
Morris wasn’t healthy for the Ohio State game or even really for the Fiesta Bowl. He just didn’t look right. When he was healthy in 2022, he was one of the best pass rushers in college football as he notched 7.5 sacks for the Wolverines, to go along with 11 tackles for loss.
Over the past two years, Morris was one of the best at setting the edge too. He’s an elite run defender, and also a guy that can pressure the quarterback from the edge and the interior.
To me, that’s incredibly valuable. He’s also got the ability to start as a five-technique, or as a base defensive end in a 4-3. Simply put, Morris can play in any scheme. He can play multiple spots along the defensive line and he can play on any down.
I believe if he had been healthy all season, Morris would have easily been a day-two pick, and Seattle got a tremendous value at a key position.