PFF scouting report: David Morgan, TE, UTSA

Mike Renner and the PFF draft team break down the play of UTSA TE David Morgan ahead of the 2016 NFL draft.

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(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

PFF scouting report: David Morgan, TE, UTSA

Below is the PFF draft profile for UTSA’s David Morgan, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here.

Position fit:

In-line tight end

Stat to know:

Highest run-blocking grade in the FBS last year.

What he does best:

• An ox of a tight end. Utterly dominated Conference USA defensive ends in the run game. Has the strength that will hold up on the line of scrimmage at the next level.

• Has more shake at the top of routes than you’d expect for his speed. Creates separation on short ins/outs.

• Fairly sure-handed, with only three drops on 68 opportunities in the past two seasons.

Biggest concern:

• Straight-line speed is well-below average. Can’t create space going down the field, and can get stuck on the line of scrimmage avoiding ends.

• Faced low-level of competition. Has the tools to be a great blocking tight end at the next level, but the sheer talent leap could lead to a rocky transition.

• Ran a fairly limited number of concepts/block-types at UTSA, and few were prevalent in the NFL.

Player comparison:

Lee Smith, Oakland Raiders. The ideal No. 2 tight end: both can maul on the ground and make the catches that they are expected to make.

Bottom line:

Morgan has a spot in the league, but unfortunately it’s one that’s being phased out more and more. He provides more than enough, though, as a blocking tight end to be picked up in the draft’s later rounds.

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