Nebraska's all-time leading receiver could be a late-round steal
With the NFL Scouting Combine just around the corner, it's time to take a look at some intriguing prospects to keep an eye on in Indianapolis.
Next up — Nebraska wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr.
Morgan is not just a player with the skill set to compete at any level, but he's also defined by his character. He played through some of the worst days in the history of the Nebraska football program. He rebounded from some off-field transgressions to become the leader of his team in the locker room and the on-field face of the Nebraska rebuild under Scott Frost.
Simply put, Morgan is a case-study in resiliency.
From a pure production standpoint, nobody in Nebraska's storied history has played the receiver position better than Morgan. He finished his collegiate career as Nebraska's all-time leader in receiving yards. He caught 189 balls for 2,747 yards (14.5 ypc) and 22 scores during his time in Lincoln.
Currently, most scouts and analysts have Morgan as a late-round pick — if they have him being drafted at all. If that's the case, he'll be a steal for any team at that point.
His low draft stock is the result of being able to do everything that the position requires well, but none of it at an elite level. He has good hands, solid route-running ability, above-average speed, and a high football IQ. None of those things are good enough on their own to make him the sexy sort of player drafted in the first three rounds, but combined, they are the traits of a player destined to have a long and productive NFL career.
At the Combine, Morgan can help his cause by catching most, if not all, of the passes thrown to him and trimming his 40-yard dash time. Scouts and coaches will be attracted to his maturity during one-on-one interactions. That could be enough to ensure Morgan's place as a draft pick.
The team that drafts Morgan won't do so out of necessity. They'll do it as a luxury. He's a low-risk, high-reward performer at the position who can be depended on to get open and catch everything thrown his way — especially in clutch situations. He's the sort of player who makes an organization better simply by being on the roster.
— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo! SBNation and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.