Scout Talk: Alfred Morris

How did Alfred Morris go from being the 14th running back selected in the April draft to the second leading rusher in the NFL?

Clearly, this is a player who was misevaluated by the majority of NFL teams.

According to front office men, this is how Morris slipped to the sixth round, where the Redskins selected him with the 173rd overall pick.

*His initial grades didn’t excite anyone. He came to Florida Atlantic as a fullback, and he had the stigma of having the athleticism of a fullback. One of the scouting services had him weighing 203 pounds with 4.80 speed prior to his senior season. So scouts weren’t exactly beating down the doors at Florida Atlantic to get a good look at him, despite the fact that he was the team’s best player for three years and the coaches there loved him. And Florida Atlantic is not a stop on many top scouts’ itineraries.

It should be noted that Morris has put on weight. He’s listed at 218, and one front office man said he looks like he’s 225.


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