While it’s unlikely that the Chicago Bears will utilize their first two picks on a quarterback, might they consider James Morgan later on?
Let the quarterback competition begin. The Chicago Bears acquired Nick Foles from the Jaguars for a compensatory fourth-round pick. On Friday, Chicago Bears General Manager Ryan Pace indicated there would be an open competition, doubling down on his statement after the 2019 season that Mitchell Trubisky is the guy next year.
If Foles garners enough playing time and exceeds an unknown standard of performance incentives, he can opt-out of his contract and hit the open market after next season. With the Chicago Bears unlikely to pick up Trubisky’s $24 million fifth-year option as well, they could potentially be facing a situation where they need to consider a quarterback in the NFL Draft.
But while it would appear that the first two picks are reserved for the offensive line and another non-quarterback position upgrade, don’t be surprised if Pace grabs a quarterback that could potentially start in 2021.
Florida International’s James Morgan has been a guy that has seen his name pick up traction as we head towards the draft at the end of this month. The Green Bay native spent his first two seasons at Bowling Green, but he transferred to FIU after his sophomore year.
Morgan completed 65.3 percent of his passes on 326 attempts in his junior year while throwing for 2,727 yards and a 26-to-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Last year, he regressed considerably, throwing for 2,560 yards but completing just 58.0 percent of his passes.
He saw top receiver C.J. Worton graduate after the 2018 season and failed to replace that production elsewhere on the roster. Let’s look at Morgan’s draft profile.