David Morgan II, TE
School: University of Texas San Antonio | Conference: C-USA
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-4 / 262 lbs
Projected: 6th Round | Actual: 6th Round (Pick 188) by the Minnesota Vikings
In 2015, David Morgan II was named UTSA's first All-American in school history. Morgan II was the go-to receiver and most reliable pass catcher on the team. Morgan II is also surprisingly athletic despite being kind of a plodder in the way he runs. He's a former basketball player and has good body control. He has the ability to make cuts and uses his body well to create space for himself. He also can go up and get the ball with the awareness to get his feet down making several impressive catches this season near the sideline or in the end-zone. He can line up inline or in the slot.
Morgan also has a little bit of "old school" makeup in him as he is a great run blocker. WHAT?!. I know right? He has a bit of nasty to him as well blocking on the run, using his strength to drive his opponent off their spot and often blocking to the whistle. David Morgan II still resembles the type of blocker/receiver that is disappearing from the NFL but is still a much sought after commodity. He has the attitude and will to make the tough catches and do the dirty work blocking and is just a good overall ball player.
How He Makes the Vikings Better and Creates Problems for the Redskins
David Morgan was one of my favorite TE prospects in this year’s past draft. Despite his late round grade I thought he was a solid receiving tight end and even better run blocker. Coming off a 2015 season where the Redskins saw their TE core decimated I thought Morgan could potentially provide great value in the later rounds. Well, so did the Vikings, and David Morgan is one of their most impressive rookies so far in camp. Morgan has a good chance to make the Vikings final 53. He is outperforming much of his competition in camp and the third TE spot is wide open for him to secure with the injury to veteran Rhett Ellison.
When I asked about Morgan over at the DailyNorseman here is what some folks had to say about him:
So Morgan is making a good impression with the fans as well and could very well work his way up to the #2 TE role behind Kyle Rudolph and ahead of MyCole Pruitt by most accounts. I compared Morgan to Crockett Gilmore albeit a less athletic version of him. Now taking into account the stellar reports of his blocking I want to call him a Hybrid of Gilmore and the now retired Heath Miller. So far he’s just been able to find space and create separation to haul it some quality catches and he can completely move a man from his spot at the point of attack. If Morgan secures the #2 spot the Redskins must not take him for granted in the receiving or blocking aspects of his game he will exploit them.