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Arizona left tackle Jordan Morgan to skip Alamo Bowl, prepare for 2024 NFL Draft

This was expected and completely understandable

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Had Jordan Morgan not suffered a knee injury last year, right now he’d be nearing the end of his first season of pro football. Instead, he came back to Arizona for one more go-around and ended up raising his draft stock.

That stock probably can’t get any higher, so Morgan has decided to opt out of the Alamo Bowl in order to start his preparations for the 2024 NFL Draft.

Morgan started all 12 games at left tackle this season, finishing as Arizona’s top-graded offensive lineman and the 4th-best pass-blocking tackle, per Pro Football Focus. A native of Marana, Morgan started 37 games in his UA career.

Arizona has not had an offensive lineman drafted since Eben Britton went in the second round in 2009. PFF has Morgan ranked 50th on its draft Big board, putting him in line to go in the second round.

With Morgan unavailable for the Alamo Bowl, Arizona will spend the next few weeks ahead of the Dec. 28 matchup with Oklahoma figuring out who will play at left tackle. Candidates include senior Sam Langi, sophomore Joe Borjon and true freshman Raymond Pulido.