The report says Woakes opted to pull out in a bid to keep himself fresh for the international summer.
India U-19 captain Priyam Garg, with a base price of 20 lakh, went to Sunrisers Hyderabad for 1.9 crore as the franchise also snapped up Virat Singh for the same price.
The demand for overseas quicks is expected to be high with all six franchises barring Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians looking for a seasoned pacer.
Morris was released by Delhi Capitals ahead of the auction this year due to his low-key performances in 2019.
Heavyweights Chennai Super Kings have more or less a settled squad with a good blend of experienced foreign recruits and Indian players.
It won't be a big auction this time with only 73 slots there to be filled by the eight franchises and 29 of them can be foreign buys.
The 332 players, who have been short-listed out of total 997 who had registered, includes 186 Indian players, 143 overseas players and three players from associate nations.
In the run-up to the two-day auction, Dravid was expecting his boys to have full focus on their campaign in the World Cup and not get distracted by the hype around the auction.