By: Steve Johnson
Stanley Morgan Jr., WR, Nebraska
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2015: 11 games. 25 rec, 304 yards, 3 TDs
2016: 13 games. 33 rec, 453 yards, 2 TDs
2017: 11 games. 61 rec, 986 yards, 10 TDs
2018: 12 games. 70 rec, 1004 yards, 7 TDs
Misc. Stats: 3 att, 6 yards; 15 KR for 339 yards; 6 PR for 25 yards in career
Accolades: 2017 2nd-team All-Big Ten, 2018 2nd-Team All-Big Ten
History: Three-star recruit from New Orleans. Class 5A all-state as a Senior at St. Augustine H.S., where he also played basketball. Father is 4x Pro-Bowl New England Patriot, Stanley Sr. Had a marijuana arrest in 2017, charges were reduced to a misdemeanor.
Strengths: Good size, well built. Great get off, explosive first step. Really crafty route runner. Quick coming out of breaks, can put his foot in the ground and get DBs off balance. Fluid hips that can really open up during routes. Soft, natural hands. Plucks the ball out of the air. Has shown the ability to track the ball over his shoulder. Works really hard as a blocker. Some special teams experience. Team captain. Tremendous motor.
Weaknesses: Lacks elite length. Does not have the size teams covet from X receivers. Doesn’t lack speed at all, but not a true blazer. Has had some drops in traffic. Appears to be a concentration issue. Play strength is a question mark. He works hard and is physical but strength as a blocker and ball carrier is not great.
Overview: Morgan Jr. provides great value in the mid rounds, if he lasts that long. He’s got the speed and route running ability to win early. He’d best fit as a Z receiver at the next level. Although NFL bloodlines are evident in his athletic profile, he plays the game like a walk-on, with his unlimited motor and physical demeanor.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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