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Antonio Morrison | Linebacker

Team: Florida Gators
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 232

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Colts selected Florida ILB Antonio Morrison with the No. 125 overall pick in the 2016 draft.
Morrison (6'1/233) made 37 starts for the Gators, logging 21 career tackles for loss and three forced fumbles and earning first-team All-SEC as a senior. Morrison suffered a torn left meniscus with cartilage damage at the end of his junior season that may have cost him mobility, as he ran a painfully slow 5.1 forty at Florida's Pro Day and struggled mightily in agility tests. Morrison was an aggressive, downhill run defender in the SEC, but at the NFL level he will be an athletically-challenged, undersized player. Perhaps he'll carve out a career like Brandon Spikes', but that is Morrison's ceiling. Apr 30 - 1:29 PM

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NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports that Florida LB Antonio Morrison was medically cleared of his infection upon recheck.

Per Rapoport, Morrison took antibiotics for six weeks in order to kill the infection. It was a noticeable hindrance during process testing, as he was unable to participate at the NFL Scouting Combine and was severely limited on his Pro Day. CBS Sports' Pete Prisco likes the 6-foot-1, 232-pounder as a potential third-round sleeper who could carve out a starting role over time.
Apr 25 - 10:16 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco wrote that Florida LB Antonio Morrison could develop into "a third-round pick who will be a long-time starter."

"When I put on [Morrison's] tape, I was surprised he ran as well as he did," Prisco explained. "He's a three-down linebacker on the next level in my book." The 6-foot-1, 232-pound Florida product was hamstrung by an infection during his Pro Day in March, but turned in a nice Senior Bowl showing. ESPN's Todd McShay spoke highly of his athleticism and instinct following that annual pre-draft bowl.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 24 - 1:05 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Florida LB Antonio Morrison was suffering from an infection on Pro Day.

"Morrison did not run all that well and struggled in drills, but teams were impressed he competed," Pauline hears. As for those tough running numbers, the 6-foot-1, 232-pounder slogged through the 40-yard dash in 5.10 seconds while managing a 30-inch vertical and 9-foot-3 broad jump. He performed well at the Senior Bowl, though, and with eight private workouts scheduled with NFL teams in the coming weeks (plus, 14 visits), Pro Day won't be his last chance to impress before the draft.
Mar 27 - 1:22 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranked Florida LB Antonio Morrison as the 13th-best prospect at the Senior Bowl.

"He played well all week, but really stood out with some big plays on Thursday, showing off his athleticism and instincts," McShay wrote. The 6-foot-1, 229-pounder is physical, intense and speedy. He does come with the frame of a big safety and durability questions, so his evaluation remains fluid.
Feb 2 - 3:10 PM

Florida senior LB Antonio Morrison will attend the Senior Bowl.

Morrison recovered from two knee operations this offseason to step right back into his role as a leader of the Gator defense. The 6-foot-1, 229-pounder is physical, intense and fast. He's small and comes with durability concerns, however.
Source: Senior Bowl
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 06:56:00 PM

Florida senior LB Antonio Morrison made 16 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss, in the school's 38-10 win over Ole Miss.

Morrison was the standout for Florida defensively, which is amazing considering the veteran linebacker underwent two knee operations this offseason. It has taken some time, but Morrison's name can be added to the pool of talented linebackers in college football.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 12:10:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline thinks Florida senior LB Antonio Morrison's performance in the Tennessee game "was cause for concern."

"Morrison plays with a great degree of intensity and plenty of speed but was easily blocked from the action and had a number of tackles broken," Pauline wrote. "I also noticed he took a lot of poor angles throughout the game. It boils down to Morrison being a scheme specific player for the next level which limits his appeal." Pauline graded the 6-foot-1, 229-pound Morrison as a second-rounder coming into the season, but he's higher on the prospect than most. Morrison has the frame of a big safety and major durability questions. If he slips on Day 3, though, Morrison should be worth the investment.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 08:22:00 PM

Florida coach Jim McElwain said senior LB Antonio Morrison's recovery from injury was "unbelievable."

The 6-foot-1, 229-pound Morrison recovered from two knee operations this offseason to get cleared for the opener. "Yeah, he is [ready to play]. You've heard me throughout -- it's unbelievable what he's done," McElwain said. "I'm really proud of what he's done, to see him recover like this. It obviously won't be one of those deals where he's playing 80 or 90 plays. At the same time, he's prepared himself and he's ready to play, and we'll have a plan for that." Morrison posted 101 tackles, six TFL, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery in 2014.
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 09:12:00 PM

Florida senior LB Antonio Morrison has been listed as the starting middle linebacker on the team's depth chart.

While Morrison led the Gators with 101 tackles last season, he suffered a catastrophic knee injury during the Belk Bowl which required a pair of surgeries. The team limited him to non-contact drills in preseason camp. HC Jim McElwain elaborated on the 6-foot-1, 218-pound senior's progress, saying that "it obviously won’t be one of those deals where he’s playing 80 or 90 plays, but at the same time, he’s prepared himself and he’s ready to play and we’ll have a plan for that." When healthy, Morrison's ability to stick and commit stands out. Last season, he tallied just five missed/broken tackles.
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 04:01:00 PM

Florida senior ILB Antonio Morrison "should be a very good chase linebacker in the NFL because he has the speed to make plays and the toughness to disengage from blocks inside," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-1, 229-pound Morrison posted 101 tackles, six TFL, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery in 2014. Morrison is currently recovering from two knee operations. We don't know when he'll return to practice, and his status for the opener is iffy. "Teams will have to check into his background due to multiple off-field incidents during his career," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Aug 10, 2015 09:11:00 PM

Florida senior ILB Antonio Morrison underwent two knee operations, which has caused him to miss time this offseason.

Schools are not required to release this kind of information on players, so we appreciate Jim McElwain's honesty. The head coach said Morrison is way ahead of schedule to play this season, but previous reports stated Morrison would not be ready for preseason camp. When on the field, Morrison is one of the better linebackers in the country.
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 02:29:00 PM

Florida senior ILB Antonio Morrison (knee) "has the demeanor, body type and athleticism to be an NFL starter, but the knee injury he suffered at the end of last season is a big concern," notes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

We don't even know when Morrison will return to the field, as he's currently shut down while rehabbing; he won't be with the team when it opens practices in three weeks. "Morrison loves to tackle and is pretty good at it, as well," Zierlein wrote. "Morrison finished with 101 tackles last season, but what really stands out is his form and ability to finish as a tackler." The analyst ranked Morrison as the No. 6 linebacker currently generating interest from NFL scouts. "Morrison had just five missed and broken tackles combined, which is an incredible number considering his tackle rate of one tackle every 6.5 snaps," Zierlein wrote. "He is willing to hit any lineman or fullback who dares to challenge him in the hole and his bouncy feet help him follow running backs from gap to gap."
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Jul 20, 2015 08:47:00 PM

Florida senior ILB Antonio Morrison (knee) will not be ready for contact when the school opens preseason practices.

Morrison has had trouble with his knees and suffered another knee injury in the Birmingham Bowl. Jim McElwain, Florida’s new coach, refused to discuss the severity of the injury but told the media that his All-SEC LB will be non-contact when camp opens early next month. That's the bad news. The good news is that offensive lineman Trip Thurman (shoulder), tight end Jake McGee (leg) and defensive end Bryan Cox (hip surgery) will all be on the field after missing spring practice.
Thu, Jul 16, 2015 09:37:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay called Florida senior LB Antonio Morrison's style "fearless and relentless."

"Love the way FLA LB Antonio Morrison plays the game," McShay began. "It's also obvious that he puts in the work in film room." The 2016 class should have a deep off-ball linebacker group, with Morrison, Myles Jack, Jaylon Smith, Darron Lee and others.
Mon, Jun 22, 2015 12:44:00 PM