2019 Raiders Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Stanley Morgan, Jr.
Position: Wide Receiver
School: The University of Nebraska
Weight: 200 pounds
Draft Projection: Day 3
Morgan brings a diversified catch skillset to the table. First, the catch radius appears unlimited. That is to say, he possesses the ability to adjust to poorly thrown balls, behind him, and going to ground. More importantly, Morgan will jump into the teeth of a defense to make the contested catch, displaying the requisite focus to feel the contact, yet secure the ball. With a corner fighting for position
While no one expects Morgan to fly down the field, leaving defenders behind, he shows decent speed. For instance, if he gets a step on a corner, with no safety help over the top, he could score. In Nebraska’s offense, you would see Morgan go in motion before heading downfield. If he gets the same start on Sundays, that separation will see him rack up targets.
By far, this is far, Morgan’s best trait. In the foreground of his game, his ability to run sharp routes garners him attention. With a smooth start, Morgan’s fluidity gives him an advantage. For example, when Morgan runs the curl or out, his precise, aggressive steps force the corner to move further back then they would normally go. As a result, that separation gives the quarterback a sizable window to find Morgan.
Whenever he is drafted, Morgan will arrive with a full, diverse route tree that will endear him to quarterbacks and coordinators alike. His tape shows that he excels running the backshoulder fade, post, out, and dig. In addition, Morgan will thrive with the underneath patterns like the drag or crossing patterns.
Morgan may not profile as the receiver employing the twitchiest style. However, the slight shoulder fakes will show up on the double move. Moreover, he shows an easy leaping style that wins him a fair share of 50/50 balls.
For the Raiders, Morgan could provide them a complementary piece that perfectly fits Jon Gruden’s offense. With a scheme that values route running acumen above all else, the fit becomes apparent. As Derek Carr continues to get comfortable within the gameplan, he will need sure-handed wideout that execute precise routes. Granted, Morgan may never ascend to number one receiver status, he will give the Raiders talent and depth.