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Kirk Morrison ILB San Diego St. 6í1 235
By: Robert Davis

Kirk Morrison moved into the starting lineup his freshman year and made an immediate impact for the Aztecs. For the year he earned Freshman All-American honors after putting up 69 tackles, 5 for loss, and 3 sacks. He followed that up with another quality season as a sophomore, finishing the year with 97 tackles, 9 for loss, 3 sacks, and 3 INT. He blew up his final two years at San Diego St., becoming one of the best linebackers in the country. As a junior, he earned the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year after totaling 115 tackles, 15 for loss, and 3.5 sacks. He closed out his San Diego St. career in 2004 with 115 tackles, 9 for loss, and 1 interception.

Very few linebackers have been as productive as Morrison has. He makes plays all over the field, whether itís blitzing, dropping into coverage, or running down a ball carrier. He has great instincts and is always around the action. He has the typical linebacker mentality and will never give up on the field. He shows good quickness and the ability to run down plays up and down the line of scrimmage. Morrison was voted team captain and is a player teammates look up to.

The only real knock on Morrison is that he isnít as big as you typically like your inside linebacker to be. Heís a bit short and about 10lbs. undersized. He also isnít a great pure cover man, as heíll lose a step if asked to cover down field. As long as he gets deep enough on his drop, he can cover guys in front of him though.

If Morrison were a couple inches bigger, you would be looking at a first round pick. Even though his size is a concern, it is not a major issue and it really shouldnít hinder him at the next level. Morrison is arguably the top ILB in the draft and should hear his name called in the second round in April.

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