From now until the 2023 NFL Draft, we will scout and create profiles for as many prospects as possible, examining their strengths, weaknesses, and what they can bring to an NFL franchise. These players could be potential top-10 picks, all the way down to Day 3 selections and priority undrafted free agents. Today, I’ll be profiling Oklahoma OT Wanya Morris.
#64 Wanya Morris/OT Oklahoma – 6053, 307 lbs. (Senior)
|Player||Ht/Wt||Hand Size||Arm Length||Wingspan|
|Wanya Morris||6053, 307||10 1/4||35 1/8||N/A|
|40-Yard Dash||10-Yard Dash||Short Shuttle||3-Cone|
|Broad Jump||Vertical||Bench Press|
— Extremely long arms and carries his weight well
— Impressive athlete with great snap and burst out of his stance
— Effectively reaches and cuts off on zone runs; excellent backside blocker
— Fluid and easy-mover with quick, light feet
— Able to work to the second level and stick in space
— Seals edge in pass game and defenders outside/speed rushes
— Flashes nasty streak and desire to finish his blocks
— Good IQ and ID of stunts/blitzes in pass game
— Experienced at both tackle spots
— Regarded as hard worker who goes the extra mile
— Lacks great bulk, lean body
— Doesn’t have great upper body strength and isn’t a powerful run blocker who stalemates too often
— Will lose balance and plays a bit top-heavy; forward lean on his punch
— Needs to clean-up angles on down blocks
— Vulnerable to getting beat inside, likes to cheat and take away outside rush and has some trouble mirroring back inside
— Carries hands low in pass protection
— Limited work out of a two-point stance
— 22 years old
— 27 career starts across college career (17 at LT, eight at RT, two as a tackle-eligible/tight end)
— Spent first two years at Tennessee before transferring to Oklahoma; Sooners backup in 2021 before starting again in 2022
— Played left and right tackle in same 2019 game against South Carolina
— Four-star recruit from Loganville, Georgia; attended same high school as Austin Meadows, Wayne Gallman, and Robert Nkemdiche; chose Tennessee over Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Michigan, and many more; regarded as one of nation’s top prospects with some services calling him a five-star prospect
— Initially committed to Florida State in April of 2017 before decommitting
— Says he made last-second decision to attend to Tennessee, choosing it over Auburn the night before his announcement
— Had 73 pancake blocks senior year of high school
— First name pronounced “Wahn-yay”
Wanya Morris is one of several tackles who could hear his name called in the top 100 of the 2023 NFL Draft. He’s also one of the group’s most athletic. The testing might not jump out at you but the tape is strong in that regard. He immediately profiled as someone who will excel best in a zone scheme, with his ability to reach and cut off the backside on runs being his #1 trait. Here’s a collection of plays that shows that. He’s the RT, #64 in all these clips.
While not an overly strong and powerful run blocker, Morris does possess a mean streak and looks to finish his blocks and take guys to the ground. That’s something he’s always had. Check out this clip of him at high school in Georgia finishing this block *well* through the whistle.
You see it translate to the college tape, of course. Watch him bury the LB at the end here.
Morris is a light-footed pass blocker capable of sealing the edge. He is long, able to stick with good technique and works hard to stay square to his block. A very fluid and easy mover.
On the downside, his body is leaner than a lot of tackles and he lacks great upper-body strength. While he’s an aggressive blocker, he isn’t able to control, sustain, and create movement on his blocks in the run game the way you’d want. He also has to improve his angles on his combo blocks.
Morris has a tendency to lose balance and double over on his punch. His pass protection was inconsistent even if the tools are there. He also seems eager to seal the edge and is prone to getting beat to the inside. Sometimes that’s because of the protection and knowing where your help is, but there were still moments he showed a soft inside shoulder and gave up interior pressure. Not what you want from your tackle or any blocker.
While Morris saw work out of a three-point stance at Tennessee, he didn’t do much of it at Oklahoma. At least not in the multiple games I watched. That’ll be something he has to learn/re-learn at the NFL level, getting comfortable with his hand on the ground.
Morris is an easy scheme fit. Heavy-zone blocking schemes that rely on athleticism more than raw power and creating first-level movement. Morris is a good athlete whose game is still a little unrefined. But there’s the size, length, and apparently the work ethic — here’s a story about him showing up an hour early to his workout in high school — to round out the edges. In Pittsburgh, Morris isn’t the right fit, but zone-blocking teams will really like this guy. My NFL comp is former Pitt OT T.J. Clemmings.
Projection: Mid-Late Day Two
Depot Draft Scale: 7.9 – Potential Starter/Good Backup (3rd Round)
Games Watched: at Texas (2022), at TCU (2022), vs Kansas State (2022), vs Baylor (2022), Senior Bowl