Finding Broncos: Mitch Morse, OL

In this edition of Finding Broncos, MHH Analyst Erick Trickel takes a look at Missouri Tiger offensive linemen Mitch Morse. Morse is a versatile player who can play multiple positions on the offensive line.

Mitch Morse, Offensive Linemen, Missouri

Measurables

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 305 pounds

Arm Length: 32-¼ inches

Hand Size: 9-¼ inches

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NFL Combine Results

40-yard dash: 5.14

20-yard shuttle: 4.5

3-one drill: 7.6

Vertical jump: 31 inches

Broad jump: 112 inches

Bench press (225 pounds): 36

Pro Day Results: N/A

College Stats: N/A

Pros

Mitch Morse is a versatile offensive lineman capable of playing right tackle, either guard position, or even possibly center. He is a better athlete than many give him credit for, which he showcased during the Combine. His football IQ is off the charts and he has such an understanding of his responsibility and role in the offense.

Morse moves with ease, especially when climbing to the second level. He's a very well-balanced player, meaning he is a good run and pass blocker. He also plays with great balance and technique and uses a strong, well-timed punch. He doesn’t get thrown off blocks often and stays engaged. He is made and built to excel in a zone blocking offense.

Cons

Morse does not have the desired arm length, which makes timing vital. He can be a little too stiff in the hips and legs. He has to get better at maintaining leverage, positioning and footwork, while blocking on the move, especially in the screen game.

He has to keep his lower body in sync with his upper body. While he could play offensive tackle in the NFL, he doesn’t possess a full-time NFL offensive tackle skill-set. He needs to gain more power, especially on initial contact. Morse is not scheme diverse and as such, is limited to a zone blocking scheme.

How he fits with the Denver Broncos

Mitch Morse would fit excellently with the Denver Broncos, especially as a left guard. He has all the desired traits a zone blocking team looks for. He would come in and immediately compete with Ben Garland and Shelley Smith for the left guard position, or be coached up and compete for the center positon, or compete at right tackle, if the coaches feel he could handle it.

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Morse would be a day one starter for the Broncos, or any zone blocking scheme team. Carrying a third-fourth round grade from most in the public, including myself, Morse is excellent value at the end of day two or start of day three, because of his capabilities to be an immediate starter in the ZBS.

While the Broncos have options for their offensive line, it is expected that they will address the unit a couple of times, at least, in the draft. Morse is a perfect fit for the team and makes a ton of sense. The Broncos were on hand at his Pro Day and came away impressed, from what I have been told.

Watch Mitch Morse (No. 65 left tackle), make a great block that springs Russell Hansbrough for a 68-yard touchdown.

Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook.

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