Seahawks add a big defensive end in Mike Morris at pick 151
By Lee Vowell
The Seattle Seahawks continued to address their defensive line by taking defensive end Mike Morris from Michigan with pick number 151. After some early picks that maybe some 12s were not happy with (i.e. Zach Charbonnet), Seattle spent Day 3 of the 2023 draft by getting players who address positions of need. Morris actually helps in multiple ways.
Morris is 6'5" and 275 pounds and built like a brick house. He isn't the most athletic of players but for what Seattle will ask of him, he doesn't need to be. Morris could add a bit more weight and move inside to tackle, but at this point he is an end.
Morris can get pressure on opposing quarterbacks as he had 7.5 sacks and 11 tackles-for-loss. But he should be fantastic at setting the edge and containing another team's running game. Seattle was wretched against the run in 2022, so adding players, like Morris, who can fix that issue was a must in the draft.
Seahawks add defensive line help in round 5 by choosing Mike Morris
The Seahawks appear to have had a certain philosophy entering the draft. That is, take the best player available with early picks (this is one reason Charbonnet was taken) but after round 2, get players who can help fix position unit problems. But that doesn't mean Morris can't play.
Morris has the skillset to play either the 3-4 or 4-3 and has a strong lower body. He won't easily be pushed around by NFL offensive tackles. He has a few decent moves to use in pass rush but will learn to define them a bit more. But he is a three-down end who should get a bunch of reps in 2023.
Morris isn't going to be a start in Week 1, but will be a valuable part of a rotation. He had one really good season in college so it might take him some time to truly acclimate to the speed of the NFL. But by 2024, and the fact that Morris was well-coached in college, Morris could be a valuable backup with the ability to be a potential starter by 2025.