NFL Draft: Film review of Florida inside linebacker Antonio Morrison

Breaking Burgundy Analyst Paul Conner shares his scouting notes on the tackling dynamo and potential second-round pick.

Breaking Burgundy's Film Analyst Paul Conner will be in the lab crunching film on college prospects up until the 2016 NFL Draft. He will be sharing his notes on each player he watches throughout the process. 

Antonio Morrison

Position: Linebacker

College: Florida 

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 232

(Analysis of games vs. Alabama, New Mexico State, East Carolina, and Ole Miss)

Positives: Florida's leading tackler in back-to-back seasons is an absolute torpedo in the middle of the field. Morrison's sideline-to-sideline range is always on display because of his pursuit and drive to be involved in every play. When you combine his speed with the fact he hits like a sledge hammer, you get a dangerous force at linebacker. Morrison doesn't just have long speed, he has quick-twitch explosion and identifies plays quickly. He often surprises offensive lineman who are moving to the second level with a hit that jolts and freezes them, while he sheds and makes the tackle. Overall, Morrison possess good instincts. He looks functional in coverage but could use some refinement. 

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Concerns: Morrison was listed at 229 lbs. before weighing in at the Senior Bowl at 232 lbs. Can he keep adding weight and have it remain functional is the question. Ideally, he gets in the 240 pound range, thus appealing to 3-4 or 4-3 teams. If he can't, Morrison might have to find a home as a 4-3 OLB. He can get over-aggressive and miss tackles. There's also some off-the-field issues and had a bad knee injury last year.

If drafted by Redskins: The Redskins really need long term answers at the inside linebacker positions and Morrison could intrigue in round two. Keenan Robinson, a 2016 free agent, and Perry Riley finished the year on the bench. Mason Foster was productive but is also going to be a free agent. Morrison is going to have to prove his past is behind him and that he can get to a weight where he can play inside in a 3-4.

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Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and a Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr

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