7 edge rushers the Vikings could select in the 2023 NFL Draft
By Nik Edlund
Mike Morris (Michigan)
- Height: 6-foot-5 | Weight: 275 pounds
- 23 tackles
- 11 tackles for a loss
- 7.5 sacks
Mike Morris is a beast of a man who plays with a mean streak. He’s interesting because while he lined up outside the majority of the time at Michigan, he has the size and girth to kick inside and play tackle.
He could end up being a five-technique in a three-man front, but that versatility will be tempting for Vikings defensive coordinator Brian Flores who is looking for players who can do more than just one thing.
Morris didn’t test as well as many hoped he would at the Combine. His 40-yard dash time of 4.95 seconds was especially disappointing and made some teams question whether or not he can be an effective presence off the edge in the NFL.
As stated earlier, Morris has the size to set the edge, fight through blocks, and be a force against the run. So with all that said, the fact he only had 40 career tackles as a Wolverine is a bit concerning.
Morris is an intriguing prospect. He’s got great size and versatility but also hasn’t quite produced at the level one would expect. Those concerns will likely drop him into Day 3 of the draft, where the Vikings should seriously consider taking him.