Four picks after the Jets pegged RB La'Mical Perine, GM Joe Douglas selected FIU QB James Morgan No. 125 overall.
Morgan played two seasons at FIU after transferring from Bowling Green. In two seasons for the Panthers, he finished third in program history with 5,375 passing yards. His 40 passing TDs rank third-most in school history as well and he broke FIU's career records for passing efficiency with a 143 rating. In four total collegiate, he threw for 8,629 yards, 65 TDs and 34 INTs while completing 57.2% of his passes.
Morgan grew up down the road from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, where he watched QB Brett Favre. The 6'4", 229-pounder played both football and basketball at Ashwaubenon HS and was the No. 2 recruit in the state of Wisconsin. He never received an offer from his hometown Badgers and signed with now Syracuse coach Dino Babers at Bowling Green and became the first signal-caller from the Green Bay area to earn an FBS scholarship in over 30 years.
Morgan graduated from Bowling Green magna cum lade (3.88 GPA) with his degree in pre-law and is working toward his Master of Public Administration at FIU.
Morgan is the first player ever drafted by the Jets out of Florida International, the Conference USA school in Miami. And he's the first QB drafted by the Green and White since ... oh yeah, Sam Darnold out of Southern Cal with the third pick overall in 2018.
The Jets held pick No. 125 three times previously, twice as the Titans in early AFL drafts, and then in 1979, when they drafted LB Stan Blinka out of Sam Houston State, who went on to play in 72 games (58 starts) in five Jets seasons.
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