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49ers Add WR in the Sixth


The 49ers picked up a wide receiver in the sixth-round by selecting Josh Morgan out of Virginia Tech.

"It gives me a great chance to come in and show what I can do and prove that they made a great pick," said Morgan of joining a team that is in need of receivers. "By choosing me, I think it shows how much faith and confidence they have in my abilities."

Morgan started 24 of 51 games at Virginia Tech. He ranks second in school history with 122 receptions, fourth with 1,817 yards (14.9-yard average) and fourth with 16 touchdown grabs. He had six rushing attempts for 20 yards (3.3 avg) and recorded four solo tackles with a pair of blocked kicks. He gained 148 yards on 14 punt returns (10.6 avg) and 450 yards on 26 kickoff returns (17.3 avg), scoring 98 points. He finished with 2,435 all-purpose yards, an average of 47.75 yards per game.

As a senior, Morgan started 11 of 14 games at split end, leading the Hokies with 46 receptions for 552 yards (12.0-yard average) and five touchdowns. He also totaled 276 yards on 16 kickoff returns (17.2 avg), as he added a 12-yard punt return and four carries for 11 yards (2.8 avg). Blessed with exceptional leaping ability, Morgan was also able to block two kicks during his junior campaign.

Had it not been for a misdemeanor arrest on a disorderly conduct and obstructing justice charge, Morgan might have been taken higher. It was a one-time occurrence that Morgan said he explained to the 49ers at the NFL Combine.

"That was the only real incident I ever had in my life," said Morgan. "We were over that issue pretty much at the combine. That was a one-time issue that was brought up then and dealt with. In the team meeting with them, they saw I was a great character guy. I just made a mistake and learned from it and moved on."

Morgan also said he understood the need for NFL teams to probe into the incident.
"Due to everything that is going on with the NFL right now as far as the Pacman Jones and players like that, it's an issue that has to be addressed," said Morgan. "So you just have to deal with it. It's just bad timing to have any red flags on you right now."

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