Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Is Morris top QB prospect from the ACC?
By Andrea Adelson
Miami quarterback Stephen Morris has been under the radar from a national perspective, but the more folks watch him, the more that will change.
It already has started to change, in fact.
Two noted NFL draft analysts in recent weeks have heaped high praise on Morris, declaring him one of the best quarterbacks in college football. Steve Muench from ESPN Scouts Inc. gives Morris the nod ahead of Tajh Boyd as the top quarterback prospect in the ACC at this early evaluation point. Muench says, "Morris gets the same accuracy grade as Boyd, but it's his frame and eyes that give Morris the edge. He is better able to see the field and does a better job of looking off safeties and finding his checkdowns when his first option isn't there."
More recently, NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks said Morris "might be the most talented quarterback in college football" after watching him at the Manning Passing Academy. Brooks says, "I believe he could rate as one of the top pure passers in college football. He is an outstanding rhythm passer who displays terrific anticipation, awareness and timing in the pocket. Although he only has one year of starting experience at Miami, Morris' remarkable physical tools and superb game-management skills could garner him high rankings on quarterback lists around the NFL."
Interestingly enough, noted NFL analyst Mel Kiper Jr. does not have Morris listed among his early top quarterback prospects headed into the 2014 draft. But I think that will change once Kiper digs deeper into his evaluations and has another full year to watch Morris play.
Simply put, Morris isn't going to remain an unknown for much longer.