With their final pick of the draft, the Raiders take a center
With their final pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Raiders drafted Jimmy Morrissey, a center from Pittsburgh.
Scouting report (via The Draft Network)
Jimmy Morrissey came to Pittsburgh as a walk-on but developed into a four-year starter, team captain, and three-time All-ACC Selection. His career culminated with earning the 2020 Burlsworth Trophy, which is presented each year to the most outstanding player in college football who began his career as a walk-on. Morrissey was a consistent performer throughout his college career which was spent at center with the exception of one start at right guard in 2020.
He’s a positional blocker that plays with excellent technique, low pads, outstanding awareness, and an understanding of timing. With that said, the power components and mean streak are missing from his game. For a center that is more of a technician that lacks size and length, more explosive movement skills are preferred. Morrissey doesn’t wow with physical traits, but he finds a way to get the job done by playing with ideal technique, low pads, good control, and taking advantage of angles. While he doesn’t have a high ceiling as a starter and is truly only a fit at center for zone schemes, his path to this point makes it tough to bet against him. If he can prove himself at guard in addition to center, it would go a long way in increasing his valuation.