Former Navy cornerback Michael McMorris receives camp invitation from Washington Commanders
The Capital May 4, 2022
(Tribune News Service) — Former Navy cornerback Michael McMorris has received an invitation from the Washington Commanders to attend the team's rookie-free agent mini-camp being held this weekend, his agent said.
McMorris earned the invitation to the two-day camp (May 6-7) Wednesday morning, four days after the NFL Draft concluded. Ryan Williams-Jenkins of Divine Sports and Entertainment represents McMorris and believes the Commanders are a good fit.
The Commanders were one of two teams, along with the Atlanta Falcons, to invite McMorris to the "Local Pro Day" event held at their respective facilities. Washington scout Ronald Rose attended the Navy Pro Day and talked with McMorris at length afterward.
"I think the Commanders are a great landing spot for Mikey because, first and foremost, it is a local organization," Williams-Jenkins said. "Also, the Commanders need defensive backs and their scouts and management have done their homework on Mikey and really liked all that he brought to the table."
Contacted Wednesday morning, McMorris confirmed the news and said, "I'm extremely excited and blessed for this opportunity. I'm going to make the most of it."
McMorris becomes the second former Navy football player to get an NFL opportunity this year. Inside linebacker Diego Fagot signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a free agent Saturday night shortly after the NFL Draft ended.
"This is a great accomplishment for Mikey and his family. He is definitely deserving of this opportunity," Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "We are superexcited for Mikey, who is probably the best cover corner we've ever had at the Naval Academy."
McMorris was seen by scouts from all 32 NFL teams during practices for the Tropical Bowl senior all-star showcase. He excelled at Navy Pro Day, showing outstanding explosiveness with a 38 1/2 -inch vertical leap and 10-foot, 9-inch broad jump. The Georgia native has run the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds.
Williams-Jenkins, a former Navy football player and 2015 academy graduate, said the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants also expressed considerable interest in McMorris prior to the draft.
Lack of size is why Navy, along with service academy rivals Army and Air Force, were the only Football Bowl Subdivision schools to recruit McMorris out of Buford High in Georgia. He was measured at 5-foot-8 and 173 pounds during Navy Pro Day.
Williams-Jenkins conducted research that determined there are 36 defensive backs currently under contract to NFL teams that stand 5-foot-9 or less, including All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu of the New Orleans Saints.
Williams-Jenkins cited the Commanders as one organization that might overlook lack of size in a cornerback considering Washington's general manager closely resembles McMorris. Martin Mayhew, who was listed at 5-foot-8 and 173 pounds, played nine seasons in the NFL with Buffalo, Washington and Tampa Bay.
McMorris was Navy's top cover corner for his final three seasons and routinely matched up against wide receivers that went on to play in the NFL. That list includes the likes of James Proche (SMU, Baltimore Ravens), Marquez Stevenson (Houston, Buffalo Bills) Antonio Gibson (Memphis, Washington Commanders) and Gabriel Davis (Central Florida, Bills).
"Mikey is going to surprise some people at mini camp. I have seen him line up against the best receivers in the American and several of those guys were drafted," Navy cornerbacks coach Robert Green said. "I know that Mikey will show that he belongs on the field. I pray for good health and a clear mind for him."
McMorris played in 44 games with 31 starts during his four-year career and totaled 155 tackles (eight for loss), 22 pass breakups and six forced fumbles.
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