Morgan did not hear his name called during the NFL Draft on Saturday and failed to sign as an undrafted free agent. Morgan will now face an uphill battle, as the 5-foot-11, 193-pound defensive back will attempt to impress the Jaguars coaching staff enough during the two- or three-day rookie minicamp to warrant a contract.
On the bright side, Morgan will see some familiar faces down in Jacksonville as he’ll be reunited with former teammate Amba Etta-Tawo, who signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent shortly after the draft’s conclusion, and former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone, who helped recruit Morgan to SU in 2012.
Marrone coached Morgan for one season before leaving to take the Buffalo Bills head coaching job in 2013. After a short two-year stint in Buffalo, Marrone worked as an assistant in Jacksonville before being promoted to head coach this offseason.
Morgan came to Syracuse as a highly-touted prospect, choosing the Orange over the likes of Alabama, Penn State and Michigan, among others. The Brooklyn native was rated four stars and the No. 11 safety in the country.
However, injuries and ever-changing defensive systems – Morgan played for three different head coaches during his time at SU – derailed Morgan’s once promising Syracuse career. He played in only 46 games over five seasons, mostly as a reserve cornerback, totaling just 56 tackles.