Saturday, April 30, 2016

Vikings Select UTSA Tight End David Morgan

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The Vikings selected UTSA tight end David Morgan with the 188th selection of the 6th round.

Updated: April 30th, 2016 4:35pm

By: Daniel House

The Vikings selected UTSA tight end David Morgan with the 188th selection of the 6th round. He becomes the first UTSA player selected in the history of the collegiate football program.

The 6-foot, 4-inch, 262-pound, University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) tight end might not be a household name, but he packs a punch. Pro Football Focus graded Morgan as the top run blocker in the nation.

During his junior season at UTSA, Morgan hauled in just 20 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown. However, his breakthrough campaign came as a senior. Morgan notched 45 receptions for 566 yards and a program single-season record five touchdowns. His run blocking skills and versatility, combined with his statistical output earned him second-team All-American honors. He was the first player in the history of UTSA Roadrunner football to achieve this accolade. Now, he became the first Roadrunner football player selected in the NFL.

"Obviously, being the first person to get drafted in the NFL is even more incredible," Morgan said.

Morgan ran his pro-day and improved in both his 40-yard dash (4.83) and vertical jump. With over 20 NFL scouts on hand, he continued to flash his versatility, size, and natural ball skills. The Vikings are going to use him in a variety of ways. He said the Vikings told him to be ready to come in and learn several positions. Morgan already has some experience lining up at a variety of positions across the field.

"I didn't do too much in the very backfield, but I did a lot from the wing back and H," explained Morgan. "I feel like I can do a lot of different things....I just feel like I'm going to create mismatches in different spots."

Morgan is very excited to join Norv Turner's offense, which places a heavy emphasis on tight ends and moving them across the field.

"Being able to play in a tight end heavy offense. How they move a bunch of guys around, it's going to be awesome..," explained Morgan.

David Morgan provides the Vikings with a red zone threat and reliable run blocker at the tight end position. He will be moved across the field in many different ways and his versatility and size give the Vikings options in the red zone.

Note: Check out this feature I wrote a few weeks ago on David Morgan and his path to the NFL.

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