KC Chiefs 2015 NFL Draft Grade Card: Mitch Morse

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Kansas City Chiefs and former Missouri Tigers offensive lineman Mitch Morse (65) – Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

By all accounts Morse is a great guy and will most likely be a great teammate. But it takes more than that to succeed in the NFL — namely talent. Morse certainly has some, as he was named Second-Team, All-SEC his senior season, but he also has been tabbed as a guy who can do many things well, but few things great.

His short arms have become such an issue that he said NFL teams at the combine gave him the nickname, “T-Rex.”

Here are what some NFL Draft experts have to say about Morse.

"“Morse is a functional athlete whose strengths are his patience, power and tenacity…Though he shows impressive straight-line speed to the second level, Morse’s slightly top-heavy frame and average core flexibility cause him to struggle when needing to adjust to moving targets and too often he misses these blocks.” — Rob Rang, CBSSports “They (Chiefs) had Mitch Morse graded well above where I did, but I think he’ll compete to start at either guard or center, which adds to his value.” — Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN “Smart lineman who understands his shortcomings and makes the proper adjustments…Doesn’t have length to redirect rushers far enough upfield when they get to his edge. Feet and hands don’t always appear to be synced properly.” — Lance Zierlien, NFL.com"

There isn’t a player in the draft who doesn’t have some weaknesses, and it appears that most experts like Morse to have a solid career, but were still surprised he was the 49th overall selection — and so even was Morse.

That is pretty much my thought on the selection as well. The Kansas City Chiefs certainly filled a need on the offensive line, as they have with free agency, but it still feels like they could have gotten him later.

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