Bears general manager Ryan Pace takes chances in drafts we know that. This year, he took that a step further by selecting three small school prospects.
After taking Division-II Ashland tight end Adam Shaheen in the second round on Friday night and FCS’ North Carolina A&T running back Tarik Cohen in the fourth round Saturday, the Bears took Division-II Kutztown guard Jordan Morgan in the fifth round (No. 147th overall).
The Bears coaching staff had Morgan on their side in the Senior Bowl back in January. At 6’3″, 309 lbs., he started all four seasons at Kutztown at left tackle.
Note: Morgan is the fourth Kutztown player drafted joining Don Shaver (Minnesota), Andre Reed (Buffalo) and John Mobley (Denver).
Coming from Parkway Northwest High in Philadelphia, Pa., Morgan only played football his senior year, half the season. He suited up for local Germantown since Parkway made students earn enrichment hours with the hopes of keeping them off the streets. So football was part of his enrichment hours.
Morgan redshirted his first year at Kutztown, then ran away with the job after gaining over 75 lbs. to play against the Division-II competition.
This tweet right here is real.
Ryan Pace was w/ the Saints when they drafted 6-time Pro Bowler Jahri Evans out of Bloomsburg.
Same conference as Jordan Morgan’s Kutztown
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) April 29, 2017
Morgan joins Kyle Long, Josh Sitton and Eric Kush as the guards on the roster. The Bears also have center Cody Whitehair and interior linemen Hroniss Grasu and Cornelius Edison.
Your 2017 #Bears draft class barring a trade back in:
QB Mitch Trubisky
TE Adam Shaheen
S Eddie Jackson
RB Tarik Cohen
G Jordan Morgan
— Jake Perper (@BearsBacker) April 29, 2017
Final thought: Morgan is a developmental pick. He makes the move to guard and has little experience there. The Bears know Sitton is on the tail end of his career and Long won’t be a Pro Bowler forever. Morgan can join that room and be brought on slowly. Consider it a redshirt season.
Thoughts on the selection of Morgan?
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