Atlanta Falcons: Four linebackers to target in 2016 NFL Draft
Oct 31, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Florida Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison (3) works out prior to the game at EverBank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Antonio Morrison, LB , Florida – 6’1 225 lbs
While Jones doesn’t have the statistical notches on his belt, Morrison does. Another weak-side LB that is a tackling machine. His four seasons in Gainsville produced 281 total tackles, 20 TFLs, 4.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and two pass deflections.
Even with the smallish stature of Morrison, he finds ways to not get caught in traffic which is key for linebackers of course. Morrison has no issues with speed, transitioning from sideline to sideline, and reacting with natural instincts.
I will admit, Morrison is better as a run defender than in pass coverage which is somewhat odd. He also needs to shine up his pass coverage instincts as he has shown vulnerability in play action. However, Morrison can be an upgrade in the long run with the right teaching.
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