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2020 NFL Draft: Javen Morrison, the next star prospect from Alcorn State

2020 NFL Draft: Javen Morrison, the next star prospect from Alcorn State
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The 2019-2020 College Football season has featured some great action and NFL talent throughout both the FCS and FBS levels. That includes HBCU schools and lesser-known talent-bases where players have flourished. Javen Morrison of Alcorn State is one of those players that has thrived on both defense and special teams as an NFL Draft prospect this season.

Alcorn State is an HBCU school that has produced some NFL Draft talent in 2019, and their exciting, senior cornerback Javen Morrison may be the best of the bunch. Morrison is an elite return specialist and slot CB from the Southwestern Athletic Conference that has generated some recent buzz.

Below I will take a look at the excitement that Morrison has generated during his time at Alcorn State. I have profiled other Alcorn prospects, such as Qwynnterrio Cole and De’Shawn Waller, and Morrison may have the best chance to be drafted. PFN’s own Tony Pauline mentioned Morrison as a sleeper to watch in his Week 15 Live Blog. Take a look below at what Morrison could bring to an NFL team next season.  

The ladder to success

Morrison has not always been an elite player on the gridiron and NFL Draft prospect. His most significant achievement in high school came in winning the state championship in basketball during his senior season in Corinth, Mississippi. From there, he chose to play football for the Braves at Alcorn State and never looked back. The move to football has been huge for Morrison and his college career, which could lead to an excellent NFL career.

Since his freshman year at Alcorn State, Morrison has become a lockdown CB at the FCS level. Morrison has led the Braves in interceptions each year. He collected three interceptions apiece during his freshman and sophomore seasons and notched a career-high four in 2018. For his tremendous effort in 2018, Morrison received a spot on the SWAC All-Conference First Team. Morrison also won the 2019 Accelerating Academic Success Program Career Development Award.

Morrison has been a massive success on and off the field for the Braves. Now in 2019, the exciting, senior CB has helped Alcorn State to another SWAC Championship. He recorded 31 combined tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery in 2019. He’s also averaged over 22 yards per return and a score for the Braves. Take a look below at this dynamic interception return against Grambling State in 2018, marking his second career pick-six.

Javen Morrison’s fit at the next level

While he may be a tad undersized as an NFL Draft prospect, Morrison plays bigger than his height and weight and could make an excellent slot CB at the next level. During his time at Alcorn State, he has shown a quick twitch and the ability to stay with most receivers downfield. The forty-time will be crucial to Morrison’s evaluation as a prospect this offseason. His ball skills, return ability and feel for the game give him an excellent chance to be drafted if he tests out well before April.

In terms of teams that may be interested in the feisty slot CB, both the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans could take a look at Morrison. The Houston Oilers drafted two Braves during their regime, defensive tackle Bryant Nix and former deceased hall-of-famer Steve McNair. Now the Tennessee Titans, the team could take a trip down memory lane to solve their secondary issues this offseason.

Both AFC South teams have gone to great lengths to solve their secondary woes in recent years. The Texans acquired two former first-rounders in Gareon Conley and Vernon Hargreaves this season, while the Titans drafted USC CB Adoree Jackson 18th overall in 2017, while also spending a fourth-rounder on safety Amani Hooker in 2019. Jackson is a player that Morrison could compare with favorably.

Both players are undersized, but their experience and aggressiveness allow them to thrive as outside CBs. Jackson and Morrison also share that great return ability and are absolute dynamos with the ball in their hands. Any team that drafts Morrison will have plenty of tools to work with, and you could see someone take a chance on this talented Alcorn State CB as early as round five. 

Scott Gorman is a writer for PFN covering the NFL Draft. Find him on Twitter: @sgormanPFN.

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