Packers Deep Dive -- First Round Pick Jordan Morgan

It is a rare occasion when the Packers select an offensive player in the first round of the NFL Draft. It has only happened five times in the past twenty years. However, Jordan Morgan, Green Bay's first-round draft pick from the 2024 draft, will be joining good company.

It's an understatement to say Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love "worked out." Bryan Bulaga was an offensive lineman who held down the right tackle position for many years and played a key role in the Packers' 2010 Super Bowl run. And while Derek Sherrod's career was cut short due to injury, he showed some promise in his short stint in Green Bay.

With the departure of David Bakhtiari, Jon Runyan Jr., and Yosh Nijman this offseason, it is no surprirse that the Packers front office decided to address the offensive line with their first pick in the draft.

Morgan is an athletic offensive lineman with position versatility. He started three seasons at Arizona, earning first-team All-Pac 12 honors in 2023. He was a stalwart at left tackle in the Wildcats hire-powered offense. He also suffered an ACL injury in 2022 but recovered to play the entire 2023 season.

It is no surprise, either, to anyone following the Packers and their draft tendencies for a while that Jordan Morgan meets Green Bay's size (6-5, 311) and athletic thresholds. His 9.23 RAS (Relative Athletic Score) seems to be on par for the course for Brian Gutekunst's first-round draft picks.

And while the Morgan seems like a promsing young player, I wanted to unpack specifically what he brings to the Packers offense, and also where he needs to still improve his game going into the NFL. For this piece, I watched six games (Colorado, UCLA, Utah, USC, Washington, and Washington State). Here are a few of my observations on Jordan Morgan as a prospect.

Traits to Love and What Jordan Morgan Brings to the Packers

1) Moves Well in Space -- The first thing that jumps out about Morgan's game is how well he moves for a  311-pound lineman. He's an athletic big man with smooth change of direction who can also accelerate out of his stance. He gathers ground quickly when pulling and getting out in space. This first clip is from the UCLA game and the Wildcats run a pin-and-pull concept with a receiver and the left tackle. Morgan takes the appropriate flat steps to get out in space and get a hat on the safety. While Morgan could do a better job of finishing when reaching the defender, the play does demonstrate how well he moves in space and how good of an angle he takes to set up a successful run.

This next clip is from the Utah game, and it shows Morgan on the move in a counter pull. He shows great footwork to get flat and then arch to the second-level defender. While the play isn't successful because a backside defender runs down the ball carrier, it does showcase Morgan's agility to round a tight corner and get his hat on a linebacker.

This next clip from the Utah game also shows the kind of athlete Morgan is. Watch how quickly he accelerates out of his stance, and then punches and goes to the linebacker. This is tremendous movement for a big offensive lineman, and while he quickly gets his hands on a linebacker, he could be a little more physical to finish the play.

Morgan's ability to get out in space as a lead blocker or his quick acceleration to get to the second level and get his hands on linebackers are exciting tools he brings to the game. It demonstrates just how rare of an athlete he is and the type of game speed he plays with.

2) Nimble Feet -- A "dancing bear" is a common descriptor used for big linemen who are light on their feet, and while it's been overused, it's hard to imagine a better way to describe Morgan's smooth lateral movement and quick feet. In this next clip, Morgan drops in a pass set against dynamic pass rusher, Laiatu Latu, who was the first defensive player drafted this past weekend. On this play, Latu tries to use his speed to gain the edge, but Morgan wins the rep because of his ability to gain ground with his quick kick steps.

Morgan does a great job getting into his pass set and anticipating Latu's approach. The former Wildcat's athleticism and agility allow him to be an effective pass protector, even when his technique isn't perfect. This next clip demonstrates this, as well. It's from the Washington State game, and Morgan is facing another talented pass rusher in Brennan Jackson. While Morgan's hand placement is not perfect and outside the defender's shoulders, Morgan avoids a "holding" call because he keeps his feet moving laterally. This is a good example of a lineman "shadow boxing" a defender, keeping him in front of him at all times, even when the defender tries a spin move.

This third clip is from the Washington game, and it demonstrates how Morgan's quick feet allow him to get in the right position as a run blocker. The moment the ball is snapped Morgan gets his body in perfect position to seal the defender off from the run. He also shows a nice initial punch out of his stance and maintains a good angle to keep the defensive end from folding in on the play. While it would be good for Morgan to keep his hands on the defender to sustain the block, it's his quick footwork that allows him to win the rep.

Morgan's feet are his secret weapon. They showcase just how athletic he is and what makes him special. While there are so many little technique things Morgan could improve, his agility and quickness are tools that aren't coachable.

3) Excellent Hat Placement -- Morgan is a highly intelligent football player, and the proof is in his consistently excellent hat placement in the ground game. This is an underrated trait for offensive linemen, but it can make all the difference for a running play to be successful or not. Watch in the next few clips from Morgan's film where his shoulders and helmet are compared to the running lane. Morgan takes just the right angles to the defender, using his athleticism to get his body in the best position to maintain his leverage and seal off the defender from making the play.

This first clip from the Utah game shows how quick Morgan is out of his stance and how he turns his shoulders and hips to get in position to seal off the linebacker from making the play. This second clip from the UCLA game also demonstrates this ability. It's an inside zone run, but Morgan moves with the play for a few steps and quickly repositions himself get his shoulders squared on the backside defensive end, which creates a clear cutback lane for the running back.

This third clip is from the Washington State game, and it demonstrates Morgan's ability to use leverage and lateral agility to get his hat on the inside shoulder of a three-technique defensive tackle. This is a very difficult reach block for lineman to make. Only a special type of athlete can make this block effectively.

Morgan's athleticism and quick burst out of his stance allows him to get in position to square up defenders and win the leverage battle. His consistent hat placement demonstrates just how well he understands plays and where he needs to position himself to make them successful.

4) Good Functional Strength -- This may come as a surprise to some, but Morgan demonstrates very good functional strength on film. While, yes, he could do a better job of being a tenacious blocker, he does possess plenty of physical strength to develop into a "mauler" someday. Watch how easily Morgan pancakes the defensive end in this first clip from the Utah game. He shows a strong punch out of his stance and is able to completely wash the defender out of the play with a down block.

Morgan's reputation as a run blocker is not one that is overly physical or dominant. He's pegged more as an athletic lineman than a road grader, but he does show good power in his base and punch. He is certainly more than physically capable of moving people at the line of scrimmage. This next clip is from the Washington State game and Morgan shows a strong anchor to take on a bull rush and stop the defensive end dead in his tracks.

While Morgan's hand placement is not great, his lower body is strong and rooted in the ground. He shows this on several occasions on film. While he does have some losing reps against power rushers, he also has plenty of examples where he handles it just fine and is able to neutralize the bull rush. Morgan has more than enough physical strength to hold up on the edge.

Areas of Improvement for the Next Level

1) Needs to Finish Plays -- Perhaps, the biggest downside to Morgan's game as he enters the NFL is a lack of finishing plays. While Morgan shows good initial strength and athleticism, he needs to play to the whistle and dominate at the point of attack once he gets his hands on defenders. He seems to let up a little early before the play is over. This primarily comes down to having the right mentality. Morgan could play with a a little more tenacity. Take this next clip, for example, from the USC game. Morgan gets out in the flat on a pull and tags the defensive back. On this play, he needs to show more initiative to put this defender on his back, or in the very least, obstruct his path to the ball carrier.

This next clip from the Washington State game is less of an extreme example. Overall, it is a good play from Morgan. He punches and goes to the second level. He squares up the linebacker to create a clear running lane for the halfback. However, he lets up just a second or two early instead of carrying the play to the whistle. He should put this linebacker on the ground, or at least move him off his spot. Unfortunately, this happens way too often in his film.

Morgan possesses plenty of strength, but his physicality leaves you wanting more. The frustrating part is that it seems he is capable of it, but it could also be the very thing that prevents him from being a dominant player in the trenches. He has the physical tools, but the dog mentality doesn't always seem to be there.

2) Susceptible to Inside Moves -- As a pass protector, Morgan is very solid. He handles speed off the edge well, and he can anchor against bull rushes. However, one recurring struggle is Morgan can overset in his pass drop and be susceptible to inside pass rush moves. This next clip from the Washington game shows Morgan getting just a touch wide in his shuffle and surrendering his inside shoulder to Bralen Trice.

Trice creates pressure with an inside rip move. Unfortunately, an even more egregious version of this happens in the Utah game. In this next clip Morgan sets wide but then he's a step too slow in readjusting his feet when the defensive end decides to jump inside. This leads to a quick pressure and a dangerous pass from the quarterback.

On a few occasions in the six games I watched, Morgan shows a weakness for inside pass rush moves. This is a bit concerning going into the NFL. However, this must be something Green Bay coaches feel they can correct.

3) Needs to Improve Hand Technique -- Another area Morgan needs to clean up going into the NFL is his hand placement, especially in pass protection. His initial punch too often is wide, causing him to catch the pass rushers around their shoulders instead of hitting them in the chest. This compromises his power, but it can also lead to holding penalties if he's not careful. Take this next clip from the Washington game, for example. Trice bull rushes Morgan, and while he has the power in his lower body to anchor, his hand placement is poor, causing him to catch instead of striking and extending his arms. Ideally, a lineman's punch should be in the chest of the defender. However, this is easier said than done.

Something similar happens on this next play, which is from the USC game. While Morgan doesn't necessarily lose the rep--the Wildcats score a touchdown, after all--it still shows sloppy hand technique. His hands catch outside the defender's shoulders in a sort of bear hug. This could easily be called for a hold if Morgan doesn't move his feet.

The good news is that bad habits are easily correctable. Poor hand placement is not enough to nullify a player. However, it is something that will need to be addressed because it shows up way too often in his college film.

Conclusion

Morgan is a promising young talent who should immediately compete for a starting role in the Packers offensive line. Whether that is at left tackle or right guard, it is still too early to say. At this point, Morgan is not as polished as Rasheed Walker, so it is difficult to imagine a scenario where Morgan is given the starting left tackle job at the start of the season. However, Morgan has better physical tools than Walker and could eventually unseat him as the team's future blindside protector. In the meantime, Morgan is gifted enough to give Sean Rhyan a run for his money at right guard. It will definitely be one of the more interesting position battles to watch in training camp this summer.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 28, 2024 at 06:59 pm

I don't think you draft a guy at #25 who CAN play LT and then put him at RG. If Walker is ahead of him, you could play him at LG and move Jenkins to Center.

IMO, this is the LT for the Jordan Love Window. Start him at LT. Use Walker either as a swing tackle or move him to LG and move Jenkins to Center. That gives us one backup interior lineman, Myers, plus the rookie,Monk. And the two backup tackles, nominally, are Jones and Glover. That 9 linemen, and that's how many we dress out. I hope nobody gets injured in training camp. You don't want to know who #10 is.

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Oppy's picture

April 28, 2024 at 07:10 pm

Another gentle reminder, the Packers have stated numerous times they believe Zach Tom's best position might be at Center, and they doubled down this offseason saying they view Tom as a pro bowl RT, an All-Pro RG, and potentially as a HoF C.

Elgton Jenkins was playing like an All-pro LG before he got dinged up, I would not move him from LG unless necessary to cover for injury elsewhere.

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LLCHESTY's picture

April 28, 2024 at 08:18 pm

The Packers didn't say they thought he could be a HOF center, one person in the organization did. Did so anonymously too. Is it a commonly held belief in the building or his opinion?🤷

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Bitternotsour's picture

April 28, 2024 at 08:30 pm

exactly. with Demovski you have to assume it was either a security guard or a member of the kitchen staff.

Myers is the center. Maybe if he's not signed again someone moves over, but please, Myers has been a day one starter, knows the offense, has been calling the blocking schemes. We have a center for 2024/25. If he leaves next year, so be it, he'll be leaving with a super bowl ring...

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Oppy's picture

April 28, 2024 at 09:01 pm

Meyers has been a day one starter, but a marginal starter, at Center for the packers, when you consider bad snaps and poor run blocking.

With the addition of the rookie offensive linemen, I expect to see a shuffle of the OL by year's end. In my opinion, this offensive line is more in transition than most Packers fans seem to believe. I don't think Rasheed Walker is a long-term starter at LT, I'm as close to positive as I could be that the Packers would like to move on from Meyers if possible, and Sean Rhyan needs to continue to improve as a pass blocker if he's going to be a staple at RG. I think the Packers like Rhyan, and they are hoping on his development, but I don't think they're by any means married to him.

Elgton and Tom are the only guys I think the Packers feel are, at this moment, anchors of the OL they plan to build around for years. Add Morgan into that plan, but you never know until you see it on sundays.

As to Dmovsky, he's a respected sports journalist and I have no reason to question his sources. He's been covering the Packers a long enough time and he's never reported anything questionable in the past as far as I am aware of. Couple his report- which again, I have zero reason to question- with the Packers' history of commenting that Tom's best position may be Center, and I would think it may be a very real scenario to see a shuffle across the line to try to move Meyers out of the starting spot if possible. It does require someone to step up and fill the hole Tom would leave at RT at the moment, though.

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Bitternotsour's picture

April 28, 2024 at 10:11 pm

I like Rob Demovsky - he's a hell of a golfer. But he's on a sports entertainment network and he's an entertainer. He ceased being a journalist when he went to ESPN.

Also, the rules of sports journalism are not the same as journalism. Unnamed sources are common, as is "fudging" for clicks. Finally, do you not think that the team might use Demovsky as a smoke screen by feeding him a story that they aren't interested in pursuing a center because they "think" they have a pro-bowler, but he just happens to be lining up at tackle? C'mon.

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Oppy's picture

April 28, 2024 at 10:35 pm

That's a hell of a smokescreen, as they've been stating Tom's best positional fit is probably at C since they drafted him.

Tom is being used at RT because they didn't have anyone better to do it. He may stay there, or move to guard.. but the Packers want him at Center ideally.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 29, 2024 at 01:01 pm

Here's the thing about ''Tom's best position is Center."

We drafted Myers in the 2nd round, he was a day one starter. He got hurt, and Jenkins filled in great for him. So, the next year, we draft a guy on Day 3 whose best position is Center?

This doesn't pass the smell test for me. Tom is our RT, and he's a good one. If you're just determined to replace Myers, then draft another Center. I think the Packers are a lot happier with Myers than his critics are.

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Bitternotsour's picture

April 29, 2024 at 10:39 pm

lotta mental gymnastics to get Tom as a center. particularly when there's already a center on the roster with extensive experience as the (wait for it) starting center.

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Oppy's picture

April 29, 2024 at 11:59 pm

Daryn Colledge and Jason Spitz were starters on the OL for a couple of years, too, until the Packers found better OL than Daryn Colledge and Jason Spitz.

Josh Meyers- not that good of starter at Center. Packers will give him another year to round into form, but they'll also be looking to replace him.

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Bitternotsour's picture

April 30, 2024 at 09:04 am

Nothing the packers have done, nothing, suggests that they are unhappy with Myers performance.

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Coldworld's picture

April 28, 2024 at 07:25 pm

Tom as a rookie, Jenkins at LG? He may well end up at LT, but he may not initially. If he helps most at G, so be it.

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LLCHESTY's picture

April 28, 2024 at 08:31 pm

That sounds fine, as soon as he beats out Walker he can play LT. It's not going to be as easy as you seem to think it is. Walker was a top 10 pass blocker at the end of last year. We'll see if competition brings out the best in him but Morgan has enough to clean up to make me think Walker will start at LT. This year anyway.

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golfpacker1's picture

April 29, 2024 at 10:58 am

Walker was rated as high as a 3rd round pick the year he came out. Not sure why he fell so far but who cares? We got him and he is playing well. A similar story in this years draft is Christian Mahagony. He was as high as the #3 OG in this draft and fell into the 200s.

I am thrilled we got Morgan, but I am really envious of the Steelers OL draft haul. That is pretty impressive and they were only picking 5 spots ahead of us. Fantanu and Frazier are fabulous picks, but the steal they got was McCormick @ #119. We could have traded back from #91 and still got bigtime competition for Rhyan at OG.

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BuckyBadger's picture

April 28, 2024 at 07:25 pm

Like the pick even if I don't agree with the guy. OL needs to be beefed up. Going to try to see to dig up their game vs UCLA and see how he looked vs Latu (had 1.5 sacks and 3 tackles for loss in that game). Washington and Utah could rush the passer a bit in what was the PAC-12 as well. Hope he can turn out to be a gem.

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LLCHESTY's picture

April 28, 2024 at 08:23 pm

This is every snap he had against Latu. He had more trouble with Trice from what I understand.

https://youtu.be/QDzzhsgdUEA?si=lrUFfuyKffTrZddi

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greengold's picture

May 02, 2024 at 12:41 pm

Yeah, I'm pretty sure Morgan STONED Latu from my viewing of same...

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Coldworld's picture

April 28, 2024 at 07:30 pm

Morgan is very strong. There’s no reason why he can’t be more physical. As you point out, he can anchor very effectively. It’s probably coaching focus expectations more than anything. There are some thinks I think need cleaning up technically, mostly in the run game, notably.

As to the inside weakness. Does any T not get beaten inside? Bakh would be at times. Good rushers and DCs try to coax the T to shade feet and weight too far.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 28, 2024 at 08:32 pm

When that DE takes the inside rush, it does open up an opportunity for the QB to go around him on the scramble.

Morgan will make mistakes, but if Belichek thinks he's a LT, then we should see if that's true.

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Oppy's picture

April 28, 2024 at 10:25 pm

In pass protection, getting beat inside is a cardinal sin. Inside is the shortest distance to the QB.

The only thing remotely forgivable about giving up the inside is in theory you might have help from the guard, assuming he's not already keying on a rusher coming through the A gap. Maybe you have a back staying in for pass protection, but the same rule applies- pass protection prioritization is inside-out.

If the tackle is on an island, he can not allow himself to be beat inside.

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golfpacker1's picture

April 29, 2024 at 11:06 am

I am not anywhere near you guys as far as OL technique goes, but I have always wondered why, in this case, OTs retreat at the snap and give the DE across from them a running start and allow them 2 options of rushing from outside or inside. Wouldn't it just be better to go right at the man and give him no options? Edges are ballerinas compared to OTs as far as fast feet goes.

Give me your insight please & thankyou.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 29, 2024 at 07:38 pm

Oppy, I see so many big plays that involve the QB getting loose outside the pocket........I guess in defense, giving up the outside is kind of a cardinal sin, too, isn't it?

Believe it or not, there are actually duplicitous cabals that would be low enough to trick that DE into the inside and then make him pay for it.

I agree that if he's on an island, he has to protect to the inside. But the coaches can help him, too.

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greengold's picture

May 02, 2024 at 12:48 pm

Yeah. EVERY LT gets beat on occasion. Just like EVERY GM makes a poor pick on occasion/occasions... LOL.

All the hand wringing over some broad sweeping statements regarding what Morgan needs to clean up, or work on technique-wise... makes me wonder which flaw was responsible for the 3 sacks he gave up in the last 2 years...

Numbers. Always look at the numbers.

Oh, wait, how about his run blocking? 0.0% Missed Run Block Percentage.

Morgan looks to be a ROCK SOLID selection to protect the FRANCHISE, and help this team MAUL opponents in the running game. GOOD.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 02, 2024 at 01:56 pm

"""Numbers. Always look at the numbers."""

Could you say it like Mr. Miagi?

It always comes down to the Math. Biology is Chemistry, and Chemistry is Physics, and Physics is Math. Things only work if the math works.

The Packers got by with Walker and Nijman last year, and Walker looked like a pretty good player by the end of the season, but if Morgan can't beat out Walker then he shouldn't have been taken that high, IMO.

I, too, think this was a solid move to protect the QB during the Love Window.

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murf7777's picture

April 28, 2024 at 07:31 pm

Great write up. Morgan has really good potential. He will need good coaching. He needs to punch inside and keep his hands there or he will get holding calls.

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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

April 28, 2024 at 07:41 pm

Packers know how to coach o-linemen. Morgan is in good hands. Looking like our line is in good shape!

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splitpea1's picture

April 28, 2024 at 08:09 pm

Good article. The "dancing bear" clip vs. Latu gets the gold star; he'll need to be doing plenty of that in the future, and I'm sure the Packers are hoping it's going to be at LT sooner rather than later. On the improvement side of things, finishing off plays seems easily correctable, so I'm not too worried about that aspect.

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April 28, 2024 at 08:28 pm

I think his biggest weakness right now, at tackle anyway, is his kick step. He doesn't have one and it's going to lead to problems against top NFL rushers. You can't take a baby step when a guy is trying to get the corner on you.

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Untylu1968's picture

April 29, 2024 at 07:44 am

That's why you have coaching! I'm pretty sure if they think it's an issue, they'll straighten it out.

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Johnblood27's picture

April 28, 2024 at 08:51 pm

Good thing we drafted Monk to solve all the mysteries...

Talk about someone who sweats the details...

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Leatherhead's picture

May 02, 2024 at 01:57 pm

Dude, I didn't even think of that. And with Shaloub as a big Packer fan and everything.

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HarryHodag's picture

April 29, 2024 at 10:52 am

My take on how the Packers o-line will look:

Morgan at left tackle, Jenkins at guard, Myers(for now) at center, Tom at guard and Walker at right tackle.

You don't draft a guy 25(except quarterbacks) to sit on the bench. His natural position is left tackle and he has the physical tools to handle the job. Tom's best spots are inside.

Don't overlook Jacob Monk. Everything I've read about him is really good. He eventually will replace Myers who is likely to be gone after this season.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 02, 2024 at 04:31 pm

OK. We can bet a can of Pabst on this.

My take: Morgan at LT, Walker at LG, Jenkins at C, Rhyan at RG, Tom at RT.

Backups: Myers, Monk, Glover.......Caleb Jones?

I think everybody who wants Tom to be moved to Center should have to watch Tom against the best. Watch each play, focusing on him. Most of the time, the best don't get much done against him. We have other good pieces, and we can draft some more, and I'm thankful he's out there lining up against guys like Bosa and Hutchinson.

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Bitternotsour's picture

May 02, 2024 at 04:44 pm

Morgan, Jenkins, Myers, Rhyan, Tom

Jenkins makes Morgan better.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 02, 2024 at 05:05 pm

That's essentially just replacing Walker with Morgan and leaving everybody else where they are. You are probably right.

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jimtalkbox's picture

April 29, 2024 at 11:12 am

I believe if Morgan doesn't win the LT job outright this year, I still think he's a starter at RG or RT and will eventually transition to LT in year 2 or 3. Awesome "Deep Dive" on Morgan and am looking forward to watching him grow as a player.

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golfpacker1's picture

April 29, 2024 at 11:14 am

Harry I hope the Packers are way smarter than all the other teams were by passing on Mason McCormick @ #91. And then trading up to get Monk when he was rated much lower. I know they are smarter than me, but that's not saying much.

I would have traded down from #91, gained another 4th and 5th, and then grabbed McCormick to fill our Co-Biggest need, IOL. The huge LB hole was filled with Cooper earlier(Thank God.) We could have got a good backup LB later. McGee and Watson went much later.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 29, 2024 at 07:25 pm

Upon Further Review......

It sounds like they wanted to get the best LT they could, and that was Morgan. They didn't draft him to be our RG. They're going to give him a shot at LT and see what he does in OTAs , etc. They would like him to succeed there, and if Walker is still one of our best 5, then he would have to move inside in order to play.

I would still be in favor of moving Walker to Guard, Jenkins to Center, and leave Rhyan and Tom where they are unless somebody beats them out. I think that gets our best 5 on the field.

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greengold's picture

May 02, 2024 at 12:35 pm

Rather than listening to what DI talking heads say about a player.... "gets beat inside" .... "hand usage" ... ugh, (from my notes) take a look at the numbers, which do not lie (especially Jordan Morgan's advanced stats!):

#25 OT Jordan Morgan - Arizona
6-5 311 5.04 (88th%)!!!, 32 7/8” arms, 10 7/8” hands (85th %)!!! 1.7 10 yd split (89th%)!!! 9-2 BROAD (86th%)! 27 reps BENCH!

RAS = 9.24 with ELITE rankings in Broad Jump, 40 yd, 20 yd split, 10 yd split and bench.
Morgan’s 9.24 RAS score ranked 133 out of 1314 OT from 1987-2024

Advanced stats:
SPEED SCORE 100.7 (90th%)!!!
Blown Block% Rush = 0.0%!!! Ranked #1 in 2024 draft LT class.
Overall Blown Block% = 1.7% Ranked #3 in 2024 draft LT class.

From 2022-23, Morgan was one of four FBS left tackles with a minimum of 1,000-plus offensive snaps played with an 80.0-plus PFF pass-blocking grade and an 80.0-plus PFF run-blocking grade.

****Morgan was 1 of 2 LTs in 2023 draft class with better than 85.0 PFF grades in BOTH PASS BLOCKING AND RUN BLOCKING.

Super athletic, big LT with all the goods. Crazy grip strength and hand fighter. Exceptional ASCENDING resume of production through 4 years at LT. Excellent feet, always churning. EXPLOSIVE into defenders. Easily gets to 2nd level to clear out LBs. QUICK to slide with +++LATERALS. Very deliberate, consistent and effective in his play, both in pass blocking and run blocking.

He's got all the goods to protect Jordan Love for the next decade, along with supreme run blocking skills. Has the frame, power, hands, strength, arm length and athleticism to move opponents in any number of ways. His punches to sustain separation are vicious. His hand strength alone can shut many EDGE rushers down. He can't be bull rushed. Has the athleticism to freaking explode and meet any rusher's best. Constantly re-setting his hands/hand fighting for best leverage.

Best in ZONE scheme as a run blocker, with ability to jump quickly into 2nd level to pick off anyone in front of him. Massive grip strength to wash defenders down LOS. Quick to cut off any pursuit defenders.

SMOOTH. EFFECTIVE. CONSISTENT. SIZE. SPEED. STRONG. RELIABLE.

*ZERO reported injuries.
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I dig this. A lot. 2nd most important position on any NFL team, LT. Looks like they did their very best to provide: 1. Pass protection for Jordan Love's blindside for the next decade, and 2. solid run blocking for Jacobs, Dillon & Lloyd.

As for the Tom thing, move him to C already, and open up competition for both RG and RT. We have enough players now to compete for starter spots at both positions, and to build this into a highly effective OL moving forward.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 02, 2024 at 02:01 pm

Don't move Tom. He's a really good right tackle. We can draft a better Center, but this guy is lining up across from Bosa and Hutchinson and Parsons, et. al. and he basically turns them into useless people.

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Bitternotsour's picture

May 02, 2024 at 04:37 pm

Narrators voice: Tom will not be moved to center, it was only a fan distraction, not anything indicated by the team.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 02, 2024 at 07:38 pm

See, this what I need: That solid voice of authority in my head. I used to have that, but all the other voices got rid of him because he was a drag. Now I have to figure things out for myself again and stuff like this from you helps me.

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Bitternotsour's picture

May 02, 2024 at 09:38 pm

Narrators voice: Myers is the center.

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