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25 Days of Draftmas: Nebraska wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr.

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Chiefs Draftmas continues with one of the best route runners and technically-refined wideouts in the 2019 draft.

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A very Merry Draftmas to you! It’s 25 Days of Draftmas on Arrowhead Pride, where we’ll be giving you a Kansas City Chiefs draft prospect every day in April leading up to the NFL Draft. You’ll get a daily prospect profile like this one right up until Draft Day.


Stanley Morgan Jr., wide receiver

6’ | 202 lbs | Nebraska

NFL: Combine Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Combine

40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad Jump 3-Cone Drill 20-Yard Shuttle Bench Press
40-yard dash Vertical jump Broad Jump 3-Cone Drill 20-Yard Shuttle Bench Press
4.53 38.5 125 6.78 4.13 14

Projected draft range: round three

I would take him in the: round three

One-sentence bio: broke Nebraska’s single-season receiving yard record in 2017 and then re-broke it as a senior in 2018, becoming the first 1,000-plus yard receiver in school history.

One-sentence scouting report: solid athlete with good size that doesn’t blow anyone away with his athletic profile but excels with great route running and physical play.

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How he fits in KC: As it stands right now, the Kansas City Chiefs only have two wide receivers — Sammy Watkins and Byron Pringle — on the roster in 2020 or beyond. There is still uncertainty in the Tyreek Hill situation and Demarcus Robinson’s lack of growth makes him a question mark. The Chiefs should be looking to add to their wide receiver room. If the board falls in a way that they can’t make that happen in round one or two, Stanley Morgan Jr. should be a top choice in round three.

Morgan falls into what some call “wide receiver purgatory” in that he’s a relatively average athlete with below-average size. Where Morgan separates himself is his route-running ability. He runs nuanced routes that begin with multiple different releases off the line of scrimmage and an ability to sell deep routes with an exaggerated arm pump and sprinter’s alignment. As he approaches his breaks, Morgan does a great job using his upper body to provide misdirection and sinks his hips low to the ground to make hard cuts. He is exceptional on double moves—specifically post-corner and corner-post routes and can turn players around easily.

He runs good routes and portrays a physical style of play both at the catch point and with the ball in his hands. Morgan has the versatility to play in the slot and outside. The Chiefs need another wide receiver who can play big and provide a reliable target in short to medium ranges after the loss of Chris Conley, and he Morgan that. The run-after-catch ability is an added bonus, and Morgan’s ability to go up and snag contested catches as well as produce separation on shorter routes makes him a great complement to the more dynamic Watkins and Hill.

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