Tanner Morgan 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Cousin of former No. 1 overall pick Tim Couch (1999, Cleveland Browns)
- Holds Minnesota passing records for yardage and touchdowns in a season (2019)
- 2019 Manning Award finalist
- Scheme tendencies: RPO-heavy, frequent use of wide zone rushing concepts
- 2022 projected role: Starting QB
Pros: Tanner Morgan can be a pretty savvy passer. He shows good control of his offense and understanding of when and where to take his throws. Makes good decisions in the RPO game to slot the ball behind scraping LBs and is capable of hurrying his process here to get the ball out clean. He’s willing to pull the trigger before his receivers are out of the top of their breaks, showing good anticipation for spot throws to hit timing routes and ensure he’s keeping the offense on schedule. Plays with a big-play mentality within the pocket. He’s one of the more aggressive Power 5 quarterbacks in terms of pushing the ball down the field and attacking vertically. Routinely tossed haymakers down the field with confidence despite a lack of high-end physical skills. Morgan has also shown good chemistry and trust with his receivers, insinuating that he’s got the mental capacity for the pro level.
Cons: For all of Tanner Morgan’s mental toughness and anticipation, he doesn’t appear to sport an overly notable arm. The ball doesn’t explode off his hand with pop and he’s forced to throw with anticipation out of necessity due to a lack of arm strength. His completion percentage isn’t indicative of his ball placement skills, either—he forced Tyler Johnson, Rashod Bateman, and Chris Autman-Bell to work hard for a lot of over-the-middle receptions, many of which came in high and over the rim in traffic. His accuracy seemed to wane as he tried to press it with more velocity; I wouldn’t classify him as an easy thrower. And while he’s got composure under duress, he’s not an athlete who will win outside the pocket with consistency and he lacks the twitch to break rush angles and create big plays with his legs, either. The physical limitations here are going to be difficult to overcome.
Tanner Morgan NFL Draft Scouting Report by Kyle Crabbs