Instant analysis: Josh Morgan

With the eighth pick of Round 6, the No. 174 overall in the draft, the 49ers selected Virginia Tech wide receiver Josh Morgan. Here's a scouting report on Morgan with all the highlights you need to know about the newest 49er.

The numbers: Stands 6-foot and weights 219 pounds … Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds … Started 24 of 51 games … Ranks second in school history with 122 receptions, fourth with 1,817 receiving yards and fourth with 16 touchdown receptions … Averaged 14.9 yards per catch during college career and 10.9 yards on 14 punt returns … Finished college career with 2,435 all-purpose yards, an average of 47.75 yards per game.

The skinny: An enigmatic, inconsistent and underachieving talent who displays flashes of brilliance to be a top pro prospect but has issues with character and work ethic. Is a well-built athlete with impressive combination of size and speed who has good hands and displays burst out of his breaks. Uses his body well to adjust to passes and runs with strength and power. Lacks discipline and concentration and showed his frustration in college when the football did not come his way.

SFI's take: Morgan is a good value selection where the 49ers found him in the draft, and he has the natural skills to make an impact at the receiver position if he focuses and realizes what it takes to make it in the NFL. A player with boom or bust potential, Morgan has a shot to make the final roster and is a practice-squad candidate who can be developed for the future if he doesn't.

Expert analysis: "I really liked his physical stature and speed, but does not have natural hands (dropped far too many balls). Has track speed, but will clutch to start, thus negating his both quicks and explosive in his open releases. Vs the press, will gives up chest off the go. Has good hands and can stem a route effectively but his uneven concentration and attention to detail bothers me (2 drops vs UNC). Was arrested and suspended 1 game as a junior. Round 5 to 6." – Former NFL scout Tom Marino, a 35-year veteran talent evaluator

Morgan says: "Some of that inconsistency was just lack of concentration on my part, relaxing. That's pretty much all that was, just lack of concentration. And then we had a quarterback controversy last year. That's all that issue was, just getting used to the quarterback, finally getting into a groove, getting into a rhythm within our whole offense, and our whole offense just getting into rhythm."

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