Mitch Morse is an offensive guard who played out his collegiate career for the Missouri Tigers. He was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of this years draft, becoming the 49th overall pick. While he does not have much experience as a starter, he did take over at starting left tackle for the Tigers in 2014, and he put up a strong performance. He put up some good enough numbers to be selected to the All-SEC second team last year. He did start out 2012 as the starting center at Missouri, but injuries on the offensive line forced him to move to right tackle. He did start 18 games on the right side of the line as a sophomore and junior, and then shift shifted to his current position on the blindside. This demonstrates that he is versatile, which could just earn a starting position at the pro level early on in his career.
He put up some excellent numbers at the combine, which possibly helped to elevate his draft position. He was second among the offensive linemen in the bench press, putting up 36 repetitions. He also posted top-five numbers in the broad jump and the 20-yard short shuttle. For the broad jump, we went for 112 inches, and the time in the 20-yard shuttle was a pleasantly surprising 4.5 seconds. He also showcased some impressive quick foot movements during his pro day workout. At 6’5” and 305 pounds, Morse is built well and he is tough. He is physical and has tremendous functional strength.
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It is noted that Morse is hard charging and has tremendous grit, which are both strengths that will serve him well in the NFL. He has a good football IQ, particularly as an offensive lineman, and he seems to understand his shortcomings and can make the proper adjustments when necessary. He is able to climb to second-level blocks by making good use of angles and timing. He does not stay glued to his initial block, which is another effective quality. He has a well timed punch and has some straight-line quickness that can get out into open space on a screen play.
One weakness is that he tends to play with a stiff lower body, and this limits his bend and lateral agility. While he does make good initial contact, he struggles to maintain leverage and position, particularly when being asked to block on the move. With a relatively short arm length at 32 ¼”, there is concern that he will not be able to double as an effective tackle. His feet and hands also do not appear to be properly synced. Even with these shortcomings, however, the Chiefs have picked well with Morse. He is seen as one of the top transitional center prospects that were available in the draft, and he has a solid work ethic, which will certainly fit in with Andy Reid’s style of coaching.
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