Stanley Morgan | Primed for a Breakout?

Playing mainly as a backup his first two years Stanley Morgan showed off flashes of big play potential but it wasn’t till the 2017 his first year as a starter that we saw what all Morgan can provide. As the go to receiver Morgan caught 61 passes for 986 yards and 10 touchdowns. And this was on a team whose offensive line struggled to protect and the quarterback had a knack for throwing it to the other team. Now entering his senior season with a new offense scheme, the sky is the limit for Morgan.

 

What Stanley Morgan Does Well

When most people think of big receivers they likely look towards someone whose 6’4-6’6 and 220lbs. But freak guys like Calvin Johnson, AJ Green and Julio Jones don’t come around that often. Morgan is only 6’1 195lbs (which isn’t small) but plays much bigger. A physical receiver Morgan isn’t afraid to mix it up with defenders and thrives with contact. This makes it tough to reroute him and allows him to go up and make contested catches in traffic. Morgan has some explosive speed that he can use to win down the field, but his best route in the comeback. Using that speed he’s able to push the defender deep but then sink his hips and break back creating separation and moving the chains.

 

Concerns for Stanley Morgan

The biggest question mark with Morgan is his consistency. On one play Morgan will look like a first rounder showing speed, explosiveness to make a tough catch in traffic for a touchdown. Then the next series he’ll drop an easy catch on third down that would have extended the drive. While Morgan shows the ability to win deep and he doesn’t always create much separation in his routes. A big reason for that is his inability to come in and out of his breaks with good burst to create enough separation.

 

Outlook

One player to really look at when you think of Stanley Morgan is Central Florida’s Tre’Quan Smith. Smith and Stanley are both at the same size as Smith measured at 6’1 205lbs at the Combine. Playing for Morgan’s new coach Scott Frost at UCF Smith was an excellent down the field threat for the Knights. Morgan has a lot of similar physical traits to Smith, but he’s a much more physical player and can do more in traffic. But if Morgan wants to sniff day two of the NFL Draft he has to improve on his route running and being more consistent with his catches. Morgan has the traits and potential of a NFL starter and it wouldn’t shock me to see him be a teams number two receiver, he’s just got to get there.

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