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OVERVIEW

The NFL loves self-made players and few define that term more than Morgan, who only played one season of football at the high school level, walked on at just 235 pounds at Kutztown and left as a four-year starting left tackle and the latest winner of the Gene Upshaw Award as the best offensive lineman in D-II football.

Morgan redshirted his first year on campus and lived in the weight room, adding nearly 80 pounds over his career. He started at left tackle in the season opener in 2013 and only missed one game over the next four years, earning First Team All-PSAC honors each of his final three seasons and All-American honors the last two, showing the nimble feet and long arms scouts seek in offensive linemen.

Any doubts about Morgan's ability were answered with an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl, where he was asked to slide inside to left guard. Given his undeniable talent and the work ethic he has shown in transforming himself into a legitimate NFL prospect, Morgan is expected to earn middle round consideration, projecting as a future starter and the first player from Kutztown to be drafted since linebacker John Mobley (Denver Broncos) in 1996.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS: Morgan's efforts in the weight room are clear with his 313 pounds spread evenly over his broad frame. Despite his girth, Morgan shows very light feet, easily shuffling laterally in pass protection and firing out of his stance downfield in the running game. He possesses the initial quickness to handle switch to the closer quarters inside and played out of the three-point stance at tackle at Kutztown, easing this transition. He has long arms (33 1/4") and heavy hands to latch on and control opponents, showing good placement and effort to sustain, as well as improved nastiness in his play in 2016. Despite his lack of experience inside, Morgan held up surprisingly well against bull rushers at the Senior Bowl, showing core strength and flexibility as well as natural knee bend to absorb. The coaches at Kutztown speak highly of his work ethic and commitment towards maximizing his potential.

WEAKNESSES: Athletically-speaking, Morgan became a man amongst boys at the D-II level, getting away with flawed technique, at times. He struggles with power when his pad level and punch get too high and he can get himself off-balance with long strides when getting to the second level. At the Senior Bowl, he showed the ability to seal off defensive tackles but did not consistently drive them off the ball, making leg drive an area in which he can improve.

IN OUR VIEW: Morgan lacks ideal height to remain outside at tackle in the NFL and his first playing time at guard did not come until the Senior Bowl, where he flashed rather than dominated. He boasts exciting traits, however, and given the work ethic he has shown already, Morgan should be considered one of this year's top small school prospect at any position, projecting as a future starting left guard.

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