David Morgan is a tight end for the Minnesota Vikings. Morgan was drafted in the 6th round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings actually traded up to draft Morgan, using the 196th pick and a seventh round selection (240th) in a deal with Philadelphia for the 188th pick. Morgan went to college at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Morgan is the the Roadrunners’ first-ever NFL Draft pick.
Morgan grew up in Marble Falls, Texas, where he played both basketball and soccer as a kid. It wasn’t until seventh grade that Morgan took up football, beginning his young career as a quarterback. After a year spent throwing the football, the Texas native knew he wanted to be on the receiving end, switching to wideout the following year and playing there all the way through high school.
The Marble Falls Mustang (High School) was named all-district as a three-year varsity starter in both football and basketball. He garnered attention from colleges like Texas State and UTEP, but didn’t receive offers from the bigger, more notable universities; Division I programs viewed Morgan as a tight end, and at 225 pounds, he wasn’t necessarily fit to survive in the trenches.
But one school, the University of Texas San Antonio, caught Morgan’s eye. UTSA started its football program in September 2011, just months after Morgan had graduated high school. He accepted the offer, seeing it as a chance for a fresh start with few preconceived expectations.
Playing in a high-octane offense, Morgan rarely left the field. He has some dog in his game—especially as a run-blocker—and will get after the defense. Morgan flashes quick feet to reach around and pin edge defenders in the run game and will chop his feet through blocks. This lets him reposition his hips and continue to roll through blocks. As a pass-catcher, Morgan is reliable in contested catch situations. He runs through contact and isn’t shy about fighting through arms to attack the ball. He added 45 catches and 566 yards with five touchdowns for UTSA in 2015.
One of the top blockers in the 2016 draft class, David Morgan II was the best prospect coming out of UT-San Antonio since the program started in 2011. Morgan was named a second-team All-American in 2015.
David Morgan was one of the 2016 NFL Combine’s top performers at tight end. He led the tight end class in bench press (29 Reps), the 3-cone drill, the 20-yard shuttle and the 60-yard shuttle. He also looked sharp in combine drills catching each pass thrown to him during the gauntlet drill in which he faced away from the passer and had to quickly make a 180-degree turn twice to catch the ball, then run from one sideline to the other while catching four balls thrown to him one at a time.
In his rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings, Morgan played in 12 games. He notched his 1st Career NFL Catch on December 24th, 2016 against the Green Bay Packers, a 4-yard pass from Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford.
The featured all-black size 16 adidas cleats were worn in practice by David Morgan as a member of the Minnesota Vikings in 2016, his rookie season. Morgan has signed both cleats and added “Practice Cleats” in silver. Morgan’s #89 is written in black on the inside size tag of each cleat. The cleats are brand new and do not show any visible use.