The Kansas City Chiefs bolstered their protection up front on Friday night with the selection of former Oklahoma offensive tackle Wanya Morris.
Here are five things to know about the newest member of the offensive line.
1. Morris is a big, long and athletic tackle prospect.
The 22-year-old Morris – who checks in at 6-foot-6 and 307 pounds with 35-inch arms – possesses tremendous physical traits for the position. The Athletic's Dane Brugler wrote the following in his draft guide:
"Morris has exceptional size and athleticism. He has above-average arm length and one of the longest wingspans of any prospect in the class. An above average athlete for his size, Morris displays outstanding body control and weight distribution in his movements (both pass sets and run blocking)."
Additionally, here's what Chiefs' Assistant General Manager Mike Borgonzi had to say about Morris after Day 2:
"He's a big, long and athletic tackle…He has a ton of tools, and now he just has to put everything together. We feel comfortable with our [offensive line] room here that he'll learn from some of these guys."
2. He has starting experience at both right and left tackle.
Morris is an experienced player who has logged significant snaps on both sides of the offensive line. He started 19 games at left tackle for Tennessee from 2019-20 before transferring to Oklahoma in 2021, where he went on to start eight games at right tackle the following season.
Overall, Morris recorded 27 starts (and 37 total appearances) at the college level, tallying 19 starts at left tackle and eight at right tackle. It's reasonable to assume that Morris will be battling for a "swing tackle" role initially, so that experience on both sides is valuable.
3. Morris is already extremely familiar with Chiefs' right guard Trey Smith.
Morris' time at Tennessee coincided with the career of Trey Smith, who was also in Knoxville for Morris' freshman and sophomore campaigns. In fact, Smith was the Volunteers' primary left guard while Morris was the starting left tackle during that time, meaning that the two players already possess significant experience playing alongside one another.
It shouldn't come as a surprise then that Smith reached out to Morris immediately following the news that Kansas City had drafted him. Here's what Morris had to say about their relationship on Friday night:
"He was one of the first people who called me when I got picked. I can't tell you how good it feels to just get those acknowledgments from the guys that you see doing great in the league, and just to know that I'm going to be right there with them. [We're] going to start off where we left off, so it's exciting."
4. He put together a strong season in 2022.
Morris – starting at right tackle opposite of left tackle and first-round selection Anton Harrison on the other side – compiled a solid season in 2022, yielding just eight total pressures on 303 total pass-blocking snaps.
The performance was a testament to Morris' work ethic, as he bounced back after struggling as a freshman at Tennessee to steadily improve seemingly every season of his collegiate career.
5. Morris grew up just outside of Atlanta.
A star at Grayson High School in suburban Atlanta, Morris was a five-star recruit and one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the nation after earning All-America honors as a senior.
Morris – who was named after the Boyz II Men band member of the same name, according to Dane Brugler – eventually ended up at Tennessee and later Oklahoma, but now with his college career in the books, he'll have an opportunity to earn a role on the world champions.
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Oklahoma offensive tackle Wanya Morris in the 3rd Round (Pick 92) of the second day of 2023 NFL Draft.