The Chicago Bears final selection of the 2017 NFL Draft was G Jordan Morgan.
The 2017 draft for the Chicago Bears was far different from Ryan Pace’s first two. Coming off the 2016 draft where Pace had acquired extra picks, it seems odd that the Chicago Bears only had five selections this year. But that was the case and with their fifth and final selection, they drafted Jordan Morgan, an offensive lineman from Kutztown State.
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Morgan was a dominant force at the division two level starting every game at left tackle for Kutztown State and was all-conference in three of his four seasons and as a senior was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award (top DII offensive lineman) and was also named his conference’s offensive athlete of the year.
Despite playing tackle in college, Morgan is best suited as a guard at the NFL level. He has a big frame, standing 6’4 and tipping the scales at 320 and he’s tough and durable. He has an aggressive mean streak in him that several scouts have noted and he has the type of engine that is always looking to finish blocks and continue looking for work at all times.
A question with Morgan (as well as many of Ryan Pace’s other selections this year) is whether or not he can make the jump from low-level competition to the elite abilities of NFL players. Morgan has the size, strength and footwork to make it at the NFL level, but has to learn that he can’t just physically dominate opponents like he did in college.
Morgan will be a back-up as he begins to learn and develop at guard, and the Bears will hope he can develop as Josh Sitton’s replacement when his contract is up assuming Cody Whitehair stays at center and doesn’t move back to guard to make room for Hroniss Grasu.