Originally posted by OnTheClock:
Love the additions of him and Marcus Cooper. Obvious big-upside players who have a shot at making this team in the future -- at the very least doing ST's. With Rogers and Asomugha both on the wrong side of 30, it's wise to invest in young, talented corners who you like the potential of. I love the two guys we chose.
Morris' size and small school are the likely cause of him going undrafted, so here's to hoping we uncovered another gem in the rough. I think if he turns out to be a diamond in the rough, his calling could be as a top-notch slot cover corner.
As usual, an excellent post, OTC....and I had several of the same thoughts.
I did notice that he was rising up the NFL Draft Scout Rankings so he wasn't completely overlooked.
Also, speaking to his gifts, the thing which stands out to me more than anything is his quickness,
which when covering slot guys is an absolute must (and why Rogers, at this point in his career, can't keep up with them). BTW....that is no knock on Rogers, who I felt was excellent as a cover guy on the edge in 2011 (and where I think he belongs this year).
There are only 3 ways to stop those waterbug slot guys...
1) knock the cr*p out of them at the LOS to disrupt their routes.
2) have an equally quick guy just shadow their every move.
3) do both of the above.
Clearly, the Niners' strategy is the first of the three... However, I can see the team putting Morris on the PS, coaching him up, and at some time during the season, bringing him up to the 53...especially if there is an injury to one of the older corners, a distinct possibility.
Good luck Daryll Morris!