In the past, I’ve previewed every opponent for the Las Vegas Raiders this season and profiled every coach.
As we inch closer to Week 1, I am now profiling every player on the Raiders roster.
Today, we’re profiling linebacker Nicholas Morrow
Making Something From Nothing
Talk about the journey linebacker Nicholas Morrow has had thus far.
Morrow came from a small Christian private Division III school, Greenville University, in Illinois. Sure, he had the talent to be in a Division III football program, but if he told anyone in college he would be playing in the NFL, they probably would have told him good luck.
And it looks like the good luck charm worked.
As an undrafted free agent in 2017, he signed a deal with the Raiders.
He has started every game since.
In his Raiders career, Morrow has a total of 176 tackles including 123 solo. Last season, he managed to book 73 tackles and snagged an interception as well.
Even with these stats, Morrow is generally overlooked in the value he has for the Raiders--especially with free-agent signings of Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski. He can sometimes even be overlooked by his teammates.
However, if any value is to be seen with Morrow, just look at what the Raiders did during his restricted free agency period this past off-season.
Morrow’s contract tender was set at $3.2 million. This meant that the Raiders can match the offer by another team to keep Morrow on the Silver and Black roster or receive a second-round pick as compensation.
That’s correct. A second-round pick.
In other words, Morrow is currently valued as an equal to a second-round pick in the eyes of General Manager Mike Mayock. Instead of Littleton and Kwiatkoski overlooking Morrow, it’s more like Morrow is working alongside the pair.
Mayock and Co. still have faith in Morrow. All he needs to do is keep making solid tackles and improve every season.
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