2000 NFL Draft

Lightning struck twice for HBCU duo in 2000 NFL Draft

Jackson State had not one, but two players picked in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft.

Morris had impressive credentials, he ran a 4.34 40-yard dash and was the first Jackson State to go over 1,000 yards receiving. However, scouts did note that he was raw. 

“Patterns need work. Tends to round off routes, must cut sharper. Raw, needs polish. Will take time to develop. Could be a project.”

“I know my level of competition. I wasn’t worried about that,” Morris said. “I was going up against what scouts felt was one of the top corners in the draft. I went against him all year. I know my level of competition was where it should be.”

Morris had a solid rookie season, catching 48 passes for 14.1 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 14.3 yards per catch.

Unfortunately for Morris, he would never play in the NFL again. Starting with a right ACL injury, three straight years of injuries decimated his career, which he tried to re-start with Tampa Bay in 2004.

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Lightning struck twice for HBCU duo in 2000 NFL Draft
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