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20. Alfred Morris, Florida Atlantic (5-10, 219)
Morris is a big, strong back with good power and second effort. He’s a player that needs to be hit and wrapped for a defender to bring him to the ground. He has a good burst and pretty good feet for a man his size, which allows him to change direction in the hole and
find a secondary lane. In fact, he has enough burst to get the corner on designed runs to the edge of the defense.
That said, he lacks the long speed to generate breakaway runs unless behind a top NFL line and only when the blocks are there at the second level. He has enough patience to allow his blocks to set up, but he isn’t a hesitant runner. He has the decisiveness to find
the secondary lane up the middle or bounce a run outside if a lane doesn’t come available. He catches the ball well with his hands and can adjust to poor passes, especially
Morris has good intensity as a blocker. He delivers a hard shot with good pad level and force. He also flashes some capability to deliver a punch with his hands as a stand up
blocker. His cut blocks are a little low at times, but there’s potential there for him to improve because I’ve seen him deliver some at good enough height to be effective. Morris’ blocking needs refinement because there are times he will throw his body around recklessly to deliver a hard shot and this makes his approach somewhat out of control and liable to miss his angles.
He might surprise at the NFL level. I’d say conservatively he reminds me a little bit of a cross between Sammy Morris and Joique Bell.