Morgan shines in spring: A second-day steal?

Josh Morgan is looking more and more like much more than just a throwaway late-round draft pick. The 49ers' sixth-round selection was one of several wide receivers to be taken on the draft's second day in April who made an impression during the NFL's recently completed offseason programs. Here's a look at Morgan and the other top second-day receivers who shined this spring.

The failures of first-round picks such as Charles Rodgers and Troy Williamson speaks to the difficulty of projecting collegiate wide receivers to the NFL. The percentage of busts is extraordinarily high at the position, which is one explanation why the first receiver didn't come off the board this year until the 33rd pick in April.

Teams are becoming increasingly more likely to wait until the later rounds to load up on receiver talent and hope they can unearth the next Marques Colston, the New Orleans receiver who became a star as a rookie after being selected in the seventh round.

With most teams having wrapped up their offseason programs, here's a look at receivers drafted on the second day who have made the biggest impressions:

Harry Douglas, Falcons (3rd Round/pick 84): Unlike a wide receiver picked in the first or second round, who is often expected to complete the offense or give the quarterback the deep threat he's needed, Douglas will play in the slot, where he can be a second or third option and gain favorable matchups.

Mario Manningham, Giants (3/95): Projected last fall as a first-round pick, Manningham ran into off-the-field problems including two brushes with law enforcement (marijuana and an unauthorized prescription drug) and his stock began to fall. Finally, in the third round, general manager Jerry Reese decided to take a shot and picked the 5-11, 183-pounder with 4.38 speed. "He could be the steal of the draft," said noted personnel guru Gil Brandt. "Kids make mistakes. He's a kid. But he is a very, very talented kid."

Will Franklin, Chiefs (4/105): Franklin had a strong spring and appears to be in position to contend for the No. 3 receiving spot if not a starting position.

Marcus Henry, Jets (6/171): Henry has already has shown his ability to use his 6-4 frame to good effect by going up and catching the ball in a crowd, and could be a red-zone target. If he can contribute on the special-teams coverage units, he has an excellent chance of being on the active roster on opening day.

Josh Morgan, 49ers (6/174): While he could find it tough to win playing time amidst a receiving corps that features Isaac Bruce, Bryant Johnson, Arnaz Battle, Ashley Lelie and Jason Hill, Morgan showed some good things during the 49ers' recently completed organized team activities. At 6-0, 220 pounds, Morgan has good size and the ability to go up and catch the ball in traffic - traits he demonstrated during the non-contact practices. If he gets a chance to show his stuff during the exhibition season, Morgan has a chance to make an impact as a rookie.

Davone Bess, Dolphins (Undrafted): Bess has impressed with his ability to catch the ball with just his hands and his innate skill to find openings in the middle of the field. He could be the slot receiver the Dolphins have been looking for since allowing the Patriots to pilfer Wes Welker. The coaches have been concerned about his conditioning, but another two months of work in the weight rooms should enhance that. They also love his versatility as they've been working him on punt returns to take some of the load off of Ted Ginn Jr.

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