5 defensive possibilities for Browns in 2023 NFL Draft

Andre Carter II of the Army Black Knights. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)
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Browns draft possibility No. 4: Mike Morris, EDGE, Michigan

Entering the 2022 season, hardly anyone heard the name Mike Morris. He had just 17 tackles and a half-sack for Michigan but then broke out when he became a starter this year.

Morris recorded 23 tackles, seven for a loss, and 7.5 sacks. He also recorded three pass defenses as well while forcing a fumble.

What’s most intriguing about Morris, however, is his mix of size and athleticism. He’s listed at 6-foot-6 and 278-pounds which makes him a massive defensive end. However, he played as a stand-up pass rusher in Michigan and was excellent out of the two-point stance.

He’s praised for this versatility by Damian Parson of The Draft Network, who also says he can slide inside and play defensive tackle. If that’s not enough, Morris doesn’t get fooled often.

"“Morris’ versatility and skill set are enticing. He stands up as an outside linebacker and reduces inside to rush interior gaps. From a recognition standpoint, he epitomizes the phrase “slow until you know.” Morris does not fall for the typical pre-snap eye candy by the offense.” — Parson on Morris"

Cleveland needs disciplined players who maintain their gaps and don’t the opponent to assert their will. Adding Morris helps in this regard and would give them three huge edge players by using him with Myles Garrett and Alex Wright.