David Morgan – TE (2016)
David Morgan isn’t a guy who lights up the stat sheet, but he’s a player who coaches absolutely love.
He was taken in the sixth round back in 2016 and for a few years, he looked like he’d be the only productive player to come out of that class for the Vikings. He has since had that title taken over by Mackensie Alexander, but Morgan has still forged an important role in Minnesota’s offense.
During his career with the Vikings, Morgan only has 16 receptions for 135 yards and one touchdown. At first blush, that doesn’t scream impact player. Looking closer though, one can see that Morgan has appeared in 38 career games with six coming as a starter.
Why Morgan is so loved by his coaches is because of his blocking ability. He is an excellent blocker who fills the H-back type of role for the purple. He can line up on the end and crackdown on sweeps or help out an offensive tackle who is struggling against a top edge rusher.
Morgan can even line up in the backfield and play more of a fullback type of role if needed. He’s also been a solid special teams player during his tenure with Minnesota.
Morgan’s future with the team is unclear since he missed the entire 2019 season as he recovered from knee surgery. The Vikings proved they can get along fine without him, as they have Kyle Rudolph, Irv Smith Jr., and Tyler Conklin as their other tight ends.
Minnesota also has C.J. Ham at fullback and if he is re-signed this offseason, it could make Morgan expendable. If the tight end is let go this year, he’ll always be fondly remembered for his flowing locks and occasional first-down grabs.