Photo of D.J. Morrell
Grade
5.0 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'5" Height
  • 31 3/4" Arm Length
  • 325LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Analysis

Strengths

Excellent size and body mass -- is thick throughout his frame. Competitive finisher with an innate toughness that consistently shows up after the whistle. Solid anchor strength in pass protection. Can lock down defenders once he gets his hands on them. Diligent and determined. Works hard, takes the game seriously and has strong football and personal character.

Weaknesses

Has short arms and heavy feet. Limited blocking range. Developing awareness and instincts -- can be overwhelmed by quickness (see Pittsburgh vs. Aaron Donald) and overloaded pressure. Operated in a two-point stance in a spread offense.

Draft Projection

Round 7-Priority free agent

Bottom Line

Thick-bodied, well-built, right guard prospect with natural girth and a gritty football-playing demeanor that could carry him on a roster for considerable time and allow him to earn a job in a man-based, power-blocking scheme. Size, toughness and feisty temperament could serve well in a phone booth and earn the respect of the mushroom club (the NFL's offensive line coaches).
-Nolan Nawrocki
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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