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Antonio Morrison, ILB

School: Florida  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Bellwood, IL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 233 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Player Overview

Arguably the most intense player at the college level, Morrison wasn't supposed to play the first half of the 2015 season due to a serious knee injury in the Gators' bowl game last January. He was expected to miss 10-12 months, but was back on the field in only six months and played at a very high level as a senior with back-to-back 100-tackle seasons to cap his Florida career.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Fit and trim body type with a strong upper half. Above average play speed and closing burst. Great job bringing himself to balance on the move to break down and finish in space. Quick read/react skills once he smells blood in the water. Violent striker, lowering his pads and driving through his man, rarely missing tackles.

Fills with power and resets on the move, attacking run lanes with a head of steam. Active communicator, relaying all the signals to the defense. Fearless competitor and there isn't a passive bone in his body. Two-year team captain and unquestioned leader of the defense. Intense work habits and determination, pushing himself to return from injury in record time.

WEAKNESSES: Ordinary frame with shorter-than-ideal arm length. Hung up on blocks and struggles to keep himself clean. Overaggressive angles and wild in pursuit, especially outside the hashes. Will slip off some ballcarriers when he tackles too high. Mismatch when asked to cover man-to-man, playing too hands on down the field. Needs to speed up his reads vs. the pass and feel open zones in coverage.

Too intense at times and needs to play more level-headed. Medical reports are paramount - season-ending right knee injury (Nov. 2013) and then tore multiple ligaments in his left knee (Jan. 2015), which required two surgeries...maturity has been questioned in the past and was suspended for the 2013 season opener after two run-ins with the law over the summer - arrested for punching a bouncer (June 2013) and again for barking at a police dog and resisting arrest (July 2013).

IN OUR VIEW: Morrison isn't an elite size/speed specimen, but shows terrific play speed and physicality, doing whatever possible to get his man on the ground. Based on talent, Morrison is a NFL starter and top-60 draft pick, but his pro evaluation relies heavily on the medical reports.

--Dane Brugler (2/13/16)

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12/09/2015 - 2015 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB Antonio Morrison, Florida...With 97 tackles this season, Morrison leads the Gator defensive unit with 56 of those tackles being unassisted. The Bellwood, Ill. native also contributed three quarterback hurries, one pass breakup and on forced fumble. - Florida Football


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