QB STEPHEN MORRIS, MIAMI (FL)

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6’2” – 218 lbs. – 4.75e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2010: 1,240 yards (53.6%, 8.1), 7 TD, 9 INT, 24-90-1 (3.8)
2011: 283 yards (70.3%, 7.6), 0 TD, 2 INT, 11-(-2)-1 (-0.2)
2012: 3,345 yards (58.2%, 7.9), 21 TD, 7 INT, 51-70-1 (1.4)

OVERVIEW:

Started Miami’s final four games as a true freshman, appearing in six games overall. Underwent offseason back surgery, then appeared in five games, starting one as a sophomore. Took over as Miami’s starting quarterback in his junior season, a role he has held ever since.

STRENGTHS:

•    Has been productive over two-plus years as Miami’s starting passer.
•    Well-versed in working from under center, operating pro-style offense.
•    Footwork during dropbacks from under center is controlled, polished.
•    Does a nice job of feeling pressure and maneuvering in the pocket.
•    Has a relatively quick three-quarters release, even when throwing deep.
•    Consistently throws a nice, tight spiral to all three levels of the field.
•    Gets pretty good velocity on the ball, but uses touch when appropriate.
•    Not an elite athlete but is capable of rolling out throwing on the run.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Didn’t really make substantial strides from his junior to senior year.
•    A little bit smaller that you’d prefer, Combine measurement is important.
•    Deep sideline passes have a tendency to sail well out of bounds.
•    Short passes tend to be a little lower than they should be, some bounces.
•    Something of a gunslinger mentality, too willing to test good coverage.
•    Locks in on his top option at times, contributing to interceptions.
•    Offseason back surgery presents a medical red flag to be investigated.

SUMMARY:

Morris’ relative lack of size, intermittent accuracy concerns, and tendency to attempt risky throws into tight coverage should push him to the draft’s third day, but he possesses the potential to develop into a quality backup and potential spot-starter because of his sound footwork and throwing mechanics, fairly strong arm, and underrated movement skills, particularly in terms of his pocket presence. He’s never been a particularly high-percentage passer, but if he can improve his decision-making and protect the ball better, he could outperform expectations. RD 4-5

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