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New York Jets Off the Clock: Fourth-Round Pick Quarterback James Morgan, Florida International

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New York Jets Off the Clock: Fourth-Round Pick Quarterback James Morgan, Florida International

2020-05-27 13:26:38

 

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Jets fourth-round pick James Morgan. (Image Source: Matthew Hinton/Associated Press)

The New York Jets had nine picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, including five Day 3 selections. As we take the Jets “Off the Clock,” we’ll breakdown all nine of their draft picks, continuing with the second of their three fourth-round choices:

Round 4; Pick 19 (125th Overall): QB James Morgan, Florida International

Jets OTC: Offensive Needs | Defensive Needs | Mekhi Becton | Denzel Mims | Ashtyn Davis | Jabari Zuniga | La’Mical Perine | NFL Draft Links: Picks 1-8 | Picks 9-16 | Picks 17-24 | Picks 27-32 |

Measurables: Well built, Morgan is what you expect a quarterback to look like. He’s 6’4” and 229 pounds with very long arms (33 3/8”) and big hands (33 3/8”). He’s not just built like a prototypical pocket passer but moves like one. Other than his broad jump (58th percentile), Morgan didn’t perform well in any of the drills at the NFL Scouting Combine, as he was near the very bottom with his 3-cone and short shuttle (3rd percentile).

Skill Set: Not just physically big, Morgan is tough and he has an NFL arm, strong enough to get the ball downfield, as well as squeeze passes into tight coverage. Scouts are also impressed with his ability to get the ball out of his hands quickly and scan the field. While he’s not a runner, he’s comfortable moving around in the pocket. As a quarterback, he has a commanding presence, is a smart kid, and a proven leader.

Value: The FIU passer was expected to be drafted but not until later in Day 3 so this was general manager Joe Douglas’s first reach of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Need: Yes, quarterback was a position of need for the Jets. Have you seen the depth chart behind Sam Darnold?

Mogollon’s Pick: While I had quarterback among the team needs, I’m waiting to pull the trigger on that position and would rather address the pass defense. A player still on the board who has starter potential down the road is Michigan State cornerback Josiah Scott who was selected by Jacksonville at No. 137.

Who Else Did They Pass Up? All three of New York’s fourth-round picks were bunched together and only three slots were between this selection and their next pick. Douglas could have doubled down on a major position of offensive need with offensive tackle Charlie Heck (North Carolina) or wideout Gabriel Davis (UCF).

2020 Outlook & Beyond: On draft weekend, it appeared Morgan would be in a group that includes David Fales and Mike White. Fales hasn’t attempted a pass since 2017 (48 attempts in his career) and White has never made an NFL throw. We expected Morgan to be in the mix to be the No. 2. With the recent signing of Joe Flacco that may be put on hold, although it’s unclear when the veteran will be ready to suit up (neck surgery). Beyond this coming season, the expectation is for Morgan to secure the backup job so the Jets can use their cap space to address other positions.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

 

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