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5 Things to Know about Vikings TE David Morgan II

The Vikings added to their tight ends unit by selecting David Morgan II in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Morgan, the eighth tight end taken in the draft, was the No. 188 overall selection.

He is 6-foot-4 and 262 pounds and played at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Here are five more things to know about Morgan:

1. A pair of firsts

Morgan made history in college and beyond. He was the first player from UTSA to be named an All-American, an honor Morgan received after the 2015 season. And he became the first-ever Roadrunner to be drafted when the Vikings tabbed him on Day 3 of last week's draft.

2. Plenty of muscle and technique

Morgan used his outstanding size to push defenders around with his blocking skills. In fact, Pro Football Focus graded Morgan as the best run-blocking Division I tight end in 2015.

Minnesota took notice, too, as Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said in his post-draft press conference that the team "felt that he was the best blocking tight end in this draft."

View images of the Vikings 188th overall pick Texas San Antonio TE David Morgan II.

3. Multi-faceted playmaker

Morgan should hardly be labeled as just a blocker though. The Texas native hauled in 45 catches for 566 yards and five touchdowns for UTSA in 2015. That production landed Morgan in the top 12 of all tight ends in catches and yards.

4. He's in good hands

One of the most noticeable things about Morgan is the size of his hands. The 22-year-old was measured for 10 ½-inch hands at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine, the second-largest among tight ends. Standford tight end Austin Hooper's hands were measured at 1/8 of an inch bigger than Morgan's.

5. Workout warrior

Morgan's hands weren't the only thing that stood out at the combine. His 29 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press led all tight ends. Morgan also tested first among tight ends in the 20-yard shuttle drill in 4.19 seconds. He also placed third among his position group in the 3-cone drill (6.93 seconds) and fifth in the 60-yard shuttle  (11.60 seconds).

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