LB – #31 Arkansas
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Greenwood (Greenwood, AR)
HS Rating: N/A
Phil Steele: PS#389
Grant Morgan scouting report
Good speed to the next level, not great. Will struggle to beat running backs to the boundary. Lateral quickness is good. Doesn’t have great acceleration or explosion. Lacks a step overall. Strong upper body. Good lower body drive. Misses tackles by committing too fully to the play. Does show good wrap up form and cleans up tackles well too.
Flashes the ability to deliver hits with incredible power. Made some plays around blockers while engaged at times. Goes too low sometimes and get overstepped. Good pursuit angles inside of the box. Outside of the box, things get dicey. Shows some excellent range. Plays good contain and keeps the play from bouncing outside while playing more of a strongside linebacker position. Does struggle to work through traffic.
Times blitzes well by attacking the gap in pre-designed schemes. Not consistent at finding those gaps and timing. Not a great space defender. Smart and alert defender in zone coverage. I don’t think he is a capable athlete if challenged. Does a great job reading the concepts and understanding what he has to do. Instincts are average. Doesn’t show anything special consistently.
What we want to see from Grant Morgan in Los Angeles
- Grant Morgan didn’t show much ability in coverage while at Arkansas. We’re looking forward to seeing him cover running backs and tight ends in practice. While he is significantly undersized for his role in the NFL, Morgan could salvage some of his stock if he could show some capable coverage ability.
Pre-Collegiate Bowl projection
Grant Morgan is an undersized linebacker who lacks a lot of athletic ability to truly play inside linebacker, which projects him best as a strong side linebacker in a 4-3 defense. He has an uphill battle to climb as he’s not a consistently great tackler, nor is he particularly capable in coverage. We don’t know if he ever carves himself a role at the next level.
We think Morgan looks more like a priority free agent than an NFL Draft pick in this class. His experience could get him somewhere, but we expect to see Morgan playing in the XFL in 2023.