Anthony Morris to the Oakland Raiders: Full Draft-Pick Breakdown

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie made a questionable call with the fourth-round pick by selecting Jon Feliciano in a comical stretch for a guard, who was likely a seventh-round prospect or an undrafted free agent, per CBS Sports and

The Raiders partially made up for the miscue with the seventh-round pick, selecting Anthony Morris out of Tennessee State. Most analysts didn’t have the Tennessee State product on their draft boards, but he’s a solid pick from a non-powerhouse school. He’s listed as a tackle but has the ability to move across the offensive line. 

At 6’7”, 303 pounds, Morris was solid blocking outside as well as inside. As you’ll notice on film, he’s able to lead the blocks on the outside and cross over the guard in run-blocking schemes inside.

Right guard Khalif Barnes has likely escaped this draft with his starting position intact, which is a disappointment considering the Raiders needed one more piece for above-average line protection. It’s possible the overall play of the offensive line could mask the veteran’s shortcomings. In 2014, his run blocking was rated minus-7.5 and his pass blocking was minus-2.5, per Pro Football Focus. 

McKenzie's failure to draft a guard ready to start immediately gives hope for prospects like Morris to make an impact. He hasn’t played against top-tier NCAA talent at Tennessee State, but Ali Marpet from Hobart College was coveted as a Division III player. Morris has the motor, athleticism and strength to fill the position if the push starts in training camp.

Of course, it’ll be offensive line coach Mike Tice’s call as to who will be the starting guard Week 1, but Morris should be given some consideration. Personally, I think he can fit the position better than Feliciano. Morris has cleaner hand techniques and footwork. He was able to ...

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