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James Morgan drafted xxth in the xth round by the [team]
After starting thirteen games in three seasons at Bowling Green, James Morgan transferred to Florida International University in 2018. His playing style fit the offense in Miami much better, and he quickly became one of C-USA’s top quarterbacks. At FIU, he threw for 5,287 yards while tallying 40 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions in twenty-four starts over two years.
Morgan has a keen pocket presence, only getting sacked 20 times in two years. At 6-4 inches, 229 pounds he has ideal size for an NFL quarterback. Morgan offers a keen football IQ, but is a pure pocket passer – not once in his collegiate career did he net positive rushing yards in a season. Morgan joins other QBs [player, player, player] the [team] roster.
Complete College Passing Statistics
Forty Yard Dash – 4.89 seconds
Vertical Jump – 29 inches
Broad Jump – 112 inches
Three Cone Drill – 7.51 seconds
Twenty Yard Shuttle – 4.64 seconds
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What the Experts Say
It’s easy to tell that the Green Bay native favors quarterbacks like Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers when you watch his tape. Unfortunately, while he has similar zip to the Packer legends, he’s nowhere near as accurate and lacks any semblance of touch. Morgan is very capable of making impressive throws to all areas of the field, but his violent release and inconsistent footwork hinder functional ball placement and accuracy. His lack of pocket mobility and instincts make him too easy for defensive coordinators to assault with a variety of blitz packages. However, some teams view Morgan as the only true developmental quarterback talent in this draft, and that could make him a middle-round pick. -Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
The Jets have an entrenched starter, so the pickup of Morgan is a nice pickup as a backup option. He’s not mobile in the pocket, so they’ll have to rely on Becton to keep him upright. With development, he could be a good long-term backup.