Chicago Bears: Trading back in NFL Draft leads to a retooled offense
By Joseph Herff
Chicago Bears Draft: Round 5, Pick No. 164
The tight end class in the 2021 NFL Draft is fairly weak, but there are some nice values that can be found in the later rounds. Quintin Morris is a good example of that as the MAC product is looked down upon due to the level of competition he faced. Morris the seventh-highest graded tight end according to my NFL Draft Big Board.
Morris saw the field in every season he was at Bowling Green. He became a starter in his sophomore season in which he caught 42 passes for 516 yards and seven touchdowns. In his junior season, his role expanded and he started playing everywhere on the field as a “move” tight end. He saw bad quarterback play though in both his junior and senior seasons causing his production to dip significantly.
As stated earlier, Morris is expected to be a move tight end as he was in college. He possesses great size and speed to be a move tight end at the next level. He constantly finds openings in defenses becoming a safety outlet for his quarterbacks. He runs smoothly for a tight end and has solid route running to pair with it.
Morris would be a great player to study under Jimmy Graham. As Graham is the current ‘U’ (move) tight end for the Bears’ offense, Morris could get some solid experience from the All-Pro tight end. Even if the Bears felt comfortable with him immediately, the Bears could release Graham to save more money and let Morris play right away.