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The Missouri Tigers Legends Draft: Round XIII

Two more 2013 standouts join the fray!

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

Just jumping in? Here are the previous rounds of the Missouri Tigers Football Draft:

Round XII (this has the halfway point breakdown and links to rounds 1-11)

Welcome, Tiger fans, to #PeakOffseasonContent. Despite a lack of championships, the Missouri Football Tigers have had some excellent players throughout the years, both at the college and professional levels. There have been excellent ambassadors on and off the field, as well as some that changed the program or revolutionized a position. So what better time than now to draft a hypothetical team of these exquisite athletes?

BK and I will build a team of 22 starters (sorry, specialists!) to craft a team to play against the other. For simplicity’s sake, we’re limiting our selections to guys who played on the 2000 team going forward, including the current roster in 2020. Each Round will alternate who goes first and we’ll provide our reasonings/explanations/defense afterwards.

At the end, you all will be able to vote for who you think has the best team! And of course, we’d love to hear your picks for each round as well and why we are dumdums who don’t know what we’re talking about.

The next round starts with Team BK!

Round XIII, Pick 25: BK selects OT Mitch Morse

Georgia v Missouri Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images

Is it a homer pick? Maybe. Probably. I think everyone has a bit of a bias toward the guys they get to know as they cover the team, and Morse was one of the players I covered in my time in Columbia. What a joy he was to cover.

Morse is one of the most thoughtful football players I’ve ever been around. He was one hell of an athlete who studied the game (and studied outside of the game) in a way that was rare. And, boy, was he one hell of a player for the Tigers.

He was part of the 2012 offensive line during the disaster of a season that ultimately proved to be a starting point for what would be a breakout 2013 & 2014 season. His versatility is maybe his most impressive ability. He started the year at center, eventually moved to right tackle, and then by 2014 took over as the starting left tackle after Justin Britt left for the NFL.

Morse’s athleticism (he’s quietly a bit of a freak athlete) and his ability to play basically anywhere along the line gives him increased value, especially as Nate continues to steal players I would like to draft left and right.

Welcome to the squad, Mitch.

Round XIII, Pick 26: Nate selects LB Andrew Wilson

Missouri v Kentucky Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

I need some inside linebackers to cover for my outstanding pass rush so I’m going with the quiet, yet deadly, Andrew Wilson.

Raymore-Peculiar High School has been kind to the Missouri program, and Wilson was one of many young men to hold fast with the excellent middle linebacker pedigree that Missouri constantly churns out but rarely gets credit for. He accounted for 334 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, and 5 forced fumbles. He wasn’t the most disruptive guy in the world but seemingly every tackle that was made over a three year span had Wilson taking part in. The 2013 year in particular saw an explosion in production, cresting 100 tackles and nearly 7 tackles for loss in that single season. The 2013 Missouri defense was incredibly disruptive and the guy cleaning up all those messes was number 48. He’ll be an excellent fit in a 3-4 and was an awesome presence on the real-life field as well.