NFL Hot Press: Jordan Morgan on First-Round Bubble

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The 2024 NFL Draft is loaded at the offensive tackle position; it could be a legendary year for the amount of tackles who are selected on the opening night of the draft. One of the prospects who has a shot at going in Round 1 of the 2024 NFL Draft is Arizona left tackle Jordan Morgan. In speaking with sources at multiple teams, some have Morgan as a first-rounder, although others see him in Round 2.

Morgan put together good tape in 2023 coming off an ACL injury. Teams rave about his athleticism on the edge, but he has very short arms for a tackle at 32.88 inches. The teams that like him as a first-round option think he is very talented and has elite athletic ability. The sources that have him in the second round think Morgan is kind of soft and is not a finisher, plus they feel something is missing. Morgan helped himself at the Senior Bowl with a strong showing in the pass-rushing one-on-ones. In my latest 2024 NFL Mock Draft, I have Morgan going to the Packers.

Another team to keep an eye on late in the first round is the Detroit Lions. Taylor Decker is in the final year of his contract, while Detroit’s starting guards are hitting free agency. Morgan could start out at guard and eventually pair with All-Pro tackle Penei Sewell.

Two other teams who have some interest in Morgan are the New York Giants and Washington Commanders. Morgan is in play for both teams at the top of the second round, according to team contacts. Washington badly needs offensive tackle talent with some long-term answers. The Giants want to improve their line, and if they draft a tackle, they could move struggling right tackle Evan Neal inside to guard. Both teams also have two second-round picks, so either franchise could move back into the first round to land Morgan to help improve its leaky offensive line. Morgan is 30th-rated overall on my latest 2024 NFL Draft Big Board, so he is right on the bubble between the first two nights of the draft.

Morgan is aided by there being plenty of teams in need of offensive line help and him playing a premium position while possessing rare athleticism. For going in the first-round, one director of player personnel said, “It all depends on when the run on tackles starts.” Multiple offensive tackles going in the top half of the first round would help Morgan because teams see him on the bubble between Days 1 and 2 of the 2024 NFL Draft.