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2015 NFL DRAFT

Stephen Morris, QB

School: Miami (Fla.)  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Miami, FL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 213 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
314177-FA

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.632.601.59- 309'3"4.497.36
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Quick athlete with elusive moves and excellent feel in the pocket to maneuver around the noise to keep plays alive. Sets up quickly in the pocket and stays balanced through his delivery, showing precise downfield vision and touch. Has improved substantially with his pre-snap recognition skills to find mismatches and understand where he wants to go with the football before the pocket collapses. All the arm strength needed for the next level.

WEAKNESSES: Modest height and build, and has room to refine his footwork. Almost too much confidence in his arm at times, which will get him in trouble. Too often late to diagnose and react to the blitz. Disappointing decision making as a senior with a lot of experience.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

Every draft class seems to have an enigma prospect at the quarterback position, and Morris definitely fits that description as a very perplexing and polarizing player.

He has a golden arm to effortlessly spin the ball anywhere on the field with the athleticism and toughness to match, and was a standout at the Manning Passing Academy in 2013 while performing next to the likes of Johnny Manziel and A.J. McCarron.

However, Morris' performance against some of the ACC's second-level teams in 2013 was another reminder why most are struggling to consider him as one of the best senior quarterbacks for the 2014 NFL Draft. In the showdown against Florida State, Morris interchanged questionable decision-making with strong, pinpoint passes that kept Miami in the game through halftime. He was inconsistent again in losses to Virginia Tech and Duke that dropped Miami from undefeated to out of the Top 25 in three weeks.

Complicating the evaluation on Morris is the Achilles strain that bothered him for most of his senior season. It clearly affected his ability to step into passes and led to more wobbly passes and turnovers than he likely would have suffered had Morris been fully healthy.

Morris earned the nickname "Tin Cup" from some scouts at the Senior Bowl due to his ability to make the amazing throw but struggles with the routine passes commonplace in every NFL offense. Morris boasts a strong arm and throws the deep ball with touch but like the other two quarterbacks on the North squad (Boyd and Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas), he struggled with accuracy throughout the week.

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05/06/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Quarterbacks: Stephen Morris, Miami (Fla.), 6-2, 213, 4.63...Morris has the arm strength and athleticism to deserve consideration as an NFL quarterback, but his physical performance was impacted significantly by an Achilles injury last year. Also in question are his decision making skills, especially under pressure, after poor performances and a 1-6 career record against ranked opponents. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
 

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