WT: 229 lbs
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Ashwaubenon (Green Bay, WI)
Accolades: Shrine Bowl.
3 Cone: 7.51
20 Shtl: 4.64
Scouting Report: QB James Morgan, Florida International
Arm Talent: James Morgan has a live arm that is attractive. It really pops off the screen at you. He needs to learn when he can use touch and when he can take a little steam off of the football. However, he has natural talent and this is the most attractive quality to the league. 16/20.
Accuracy/Placement: Morgan’s accuracy and placement are very spotty. Shows the ability at times to thread the needle, but he has a bad case of box accuracy and isn’t consistent with the placement. His release seems to be the problem with his inconsistent placing as he doesn’t fully extend his arm through his release. I think he keeps it condensed to try and speed up the timing of his release. 13/25.
Pocket Presence/Footwork: Morgan’s footwork looks very promising and shows a lot of potentials. However, it’s not complete. His footwork is good and consistent on his drop back, but they get lazy once he sets in his drop. He will stand in the pocket if it means the death of him. He doesn’t have much pocket awareness, but his pocket presence is outstanding. 12/20.
Mobility/Play Creation: James Morgan doesn’t seem to have much interest in extending plays outside of the pocket, and he’s not much of a threat to run with the football. This is something that is going to hurt him in the long run. 6/20.
Football IQ/Field Vision: I’m worried about Morgan’s field vision, and his ability to read the coverage during the play. It’s something that he can improve over time, but as of now, it’s not good. His football IQ seems like it will be fine, and NFL teams are already impressed with him. 9/15.
Leadership/Personality: NFL teams were very impressed with James Morgan and the word out of St. Petersburg during the Shrine Bowl was that he was the best interview all week. He’s a very humble and respectful person and NFL clubs will find intrigue in that. 5/5.
Overall: James Morgan has some incredible upside in this class. He has great arm talent, he’s smart, and NFL teams already like him early in the process. However, there are some horrible lows to his game. The pocket awareness, the lack of mobility, and the spotty accuracy will hold him as a project. Someone might take a shot and nab him late in day three, but I see him as a UDFA, possibly in the XFL and trying to hone those weaknesses to get a second chance.
Injury Rating: (+1)
Ceiling Rating: (+3)
Overall Grade: 65