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Tight End David Morgan Brings Versatility to Vikings

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings drafted tight end David Morgan II with the 188th pick in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon.

The 6-foot-4 Morgan is 262 pounds and put together a strong senior season in which he caught 45 passes for 566 yards and five touchdowns for the Roadrunners.

Morgan spoke with Vikings Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner after he was drafted.

Morgan, who said he takes pride in his blocking, said Turner told him the Vikings liked his versatility and ability to help out in the running game as well.

"He was telling me to be ready to come in and start learning a couple different positions," Morgan said. "Whatever I've got to play, I'm ready to do it.

"I feel like I can do a lot of different things … and create mismatches in different spots," Morgan added.

Morgan became the first player ever drafted from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Morgan earned Second-Team All-American honors in 2015, becoming the first player in school history to garner such an accolade.

"It was awesome," Morgan said. "That was a big reason I went to UTSA, to lay a foundation and start a program.

"Being an All-American … it's an incredible honor," he added.

Morgan, who attended the East-West Shrine Game in January, earned Second-Team All-Conference USA honors in 2015.

"I was definitely kind of a guy who was under the radar," Morgan said. "Having people get a look at me and seeing what I'm all about really helped this process."

Morgan was impressive at the combine, bench pressing 225 pounds 29 times, the most by any tight end this year. He also had a vertical jump of 30 inches, a broad jump of 9 feet, 7 inches and was clocked at 6.93 seconds in the 3-cone drill.

Morgan ran the 40-yard dash in 5.02 seconds, the 20-yard shuttle in 4.19 seconds and the 60-yard shuttle in 11.60 seconds.

Moments after becoming the sixth player drafted by the Vikings in 2016, Morgan said he was appreciative of the chance to play professional football.

"It's crazy to really have this opportunity in front of me," Morgan said. "I've put in a lot of time and have been underrated my whole life."

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