NAME: James Morgan
SCHOOL: Florida International University (transferred from Bowling Green)
Morgan is a late-round prospect who possesses NFL traits but needs serious NFL coaching. Having grown up in Green Bay, Morgan began his collegiate career at Bowling Green State University but transferred after losing his starting spot. At Florida International, he revived his dreams of playing professionally by improving his accuracy and decreasing his turnovers. Morgan was invited to the East-West Shrine Bowl, where he shined in front of NFL coaches and scouts, thus introducing himself to the insatiable world of Draft Twitter.
Morgan will never be accused of lacking appropriate arm strength. He can fire lasers down the sideline, through tight coverage, with relative ease. A disintegrating pocket fails to rattle him, as well. While a quarterback’s running ability is now more important than ever, Morgan is a throwback to the Dan Marinos and Terry Bradshaws of days gone by. He will not be asked to run the ball 176 times, as reigning MVP Lamar Jackson was. He will, however, be at his best in a vertical passing offense that allows him to showcase the cannon on his right shoulder.
"James Morgan is super impressive."
— Conference USA (@ConferenceUSA) September 21, 2019
Perhaps no one is more aware of Morgan’s arm strength than the man himself. And, as the old adage goes: “If you only have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Morgan lacks the touch to make short throws, opting instead to always hurl a fastball. He was rarely surrounded by NFL-caliber receivers at BGSU and FIU, but his 57 percent career completion rate is more than a little troubling. In fact, his junior year (his first at FIU) was the only season in which he completed above 60 percent of his passes. Drops by receivers took their toll, to be sure, but Morgan’s inability to consistently provide a catchable ball will limit his ceiling as a passer.
Much like he is with Philip Rivers, Frank Reich may be drooling over Morgan’s ability to push the ball downfield. And, with a year or two to learn from one of the best, Morgan may figure things out. He provides all of the physical tools and only needs to develop within his ears. If Chris Ballard trusts Reich and his coaches, then Morgan is a fun prospect to consider. He will likely be on the board into the fourth round (or later), and the Colts could select him then.