FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The annual NFL Scouting Combine has become somewhat known for the strange — occasionally intrusive — questions that are asked of the gathered prospects.
What kind of fish would you be? Would you rather be a dog or a cat? McDonald’s or Burger King?
For former Arkansas wide receiver Drew Morgan, though, his strangest combine question was a little more on-the-nose: Are you surprised you got an invite?
“Yeah, I was a little surprised,” Morgan admitted to reporters Wednesday after his performance at Arkansas’ pro day. “But with the numbers and everything I did (in college), I think I deserved it.
“I want to be compared to the best.”
It’s been a remarkable journey for the former 2-star prospect from Greenwood (Ark.) High School who became a sure-handed, reliable SEC wide receiver.
Morgan finished his Razorbacks career with 138 receptions, 1,763 yards and 14 touchdowns. He’s hopeful that he can — once again — prove people wrong by making it in the NFL.
The questions about Morgan revolve around size and speed. At the combine, he ran a 4.74 in the 40-yard dash but improved on that time by nearly two-tenths of a second at pro day.
Now, Morgan just wants a day or two to rest. He went from the Belk Bowl to the East-West Shrine Game to the combine to pro day in a couple months, with a lot of workouts and preparation in between.
Yes, it’s been a long few months since a very disappointing end to his senior season. The Razorbacks blew huge halftime leads and lost the final two games of Morgan’s career.
In a Belk Bowl loss to Virginia Tech, Morgan fumbled twice in the second half and was ejected in the fourth quarter.
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema told reporters after the game that officials had ejected Morgan for spitting in a Virginia Tech player’s face.
Asked Wednesday if he was asked about that incident by scouts at the combine, Morgan said, “No. Everybody was just kinda over that.”
Bielema said Wednesday that, when NFL scouts and coaches have asked him about Morgan, they haven’t brought up that incident specifically.
“When you get to this point, none of them ever ask me what kind of player he is or what I think of his skill set,” Bielema said. “It’s, ‘Can he learn? Can he be coachable?’
“Those things popped up. I think Drew is obviously very disappointed with the end, but hopefully he took that moment and grew from it. I know I, as a coach, will use that as a reference, too.”
As for his individual performance at pro day, Morgan beamed during his session with reporters.
“I would say I hit an A+ today and probably a C at the combine, just on testing,” Morgan said. “Routes and everything, catching the ball, I didn’t drop one there and I didn’t drop one here, so I felt like I was OK on that. That’s what I do. That’s the easy part. Running routes, catching balls, that’s the easy part.
“Testing kinda gets difficult on you. You always wanna try to improve and that’s what I think I did today.”