Chris Varughese

The Bears Brawl Writer, Jr. Editor and Draft Expert

Stanley Morgan joins fellow Nebraska offensive player Devine Ozigbo as another exciting prospect in this year’s draft. He has big play-making ability and he can potentially add swagger to a locker room. He has improved every year and really burst onto the scene in 2017. He started making a name for himself, including making plays against some guy named Denzel Ward. Making plays against a top ten pick is not something take lightly, especially one as good as Ward. However, Morgan is going to have to improve on some aspects before he can bring that big play ability to the next level.

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Positives:

  • Ball skills: Fantastic hands and catch radius. Catches with finger tips, does a great job of watching the ball into his hands. He isn’t that tall at only 6’0, but he has a great catching radius because of his leaping ability and his excellent hands. Great sideline awareness, does a great job tracking the ball. Adjusts body well, shows hands late. Strong hands, can make catches in traffic. Great hand-eye coordination, great job making the catch despite what’s going on around him.
  • Physicality: Very physical, both after the catch and route running. Uses physicality at the top of the route to gain separation. Very tough, not afraid to make plays in the middle of the field. Very good hand fighting during the route, good strength (14 reps on bench press). Great blocking technique.
  • Athleticism: Fantastic athleticism, uses it in all aspects of his game. He recorded 38.5′ inches on the vertical jump and 125′ inches on the broad jump. Very explosive, especially off the line of scrimmage. Very good acceleration. Uses explosiveness to make spectacular catches along the sideline. Can elevate for a catches and use athleticism to increase catch radius.
  • Footwork: Great footwork and hands on release off the line of scrimmage. Quick feet to create separation, good footwork when making catches on the run. Good footwork to avoid tackles, good one leg stab.
  • Smart: Very good at finding holes in the zone. Very experienced in RPO offense, understands leverage.
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Negatives:

  • Lack of Speed: Lacks long speed and will struggle to gain separation. Also leads to questionable deep play ability. Uses vertical explosiveness to make the play deep, doesn’t have separation to catch the ball cleanly. Also comes from route running limitations.
  • Route Running: Specifically at the top of his route, Morgan tends to round out his route. He doesn’t do a great job of accelerating off the top of his route. He doesn’t cut well, lacks agility. Does a good job of creating separation off of physical press coverage, but lacks speed and technique to gain separation against off man coverage.
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Summary:

Stanley Morgan may actually be a steal in the later rounds in the draft. Although he lacks speed, he has other traits to make up for it. His hands are fantastic, and his physicality and release technique will translate very well to the next level. It is also worth noting that route running is something that can generally be improved as time goes on. This points to Stanley Morgan having a chance to get even better as time goes on. He is someone that can be a better professional player than a college player.

Stats for 2018-19′: 70 receptions; 1,004 yards; 7 TDs

Projected Round: 6

Floor: Special teamer, WR5, camp body                   Ceiling: WR2

Here are videos of Stanley Morgan vs Michigan and Wisconsin:

 

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