Emanuel Hall

 

     Hall is an athletic monster out of the University of Missouri whose name never got called during the 2019 NFL Draft. He was signed to an undrafted free agent deal by the Chicago Bears. The road will be tough in Chicago as Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and Anthony Miller are close to roster locks. Add in the fourth-round selection of Riley Ridley and the signing of Cordarrelle Patterson (who can play special teams also) and Hall might have to earn a spot as a 6th wide receiver.

     Hall is more than capable of making a roster, though, posting a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at the 2019 NFL Combine to go along with a 43.5-inch vertical and 141-inch broad jump. His 40-yard dash was good for 6th best at the Combine, his vertical leap tied for the best, and his broad jump ranked number one overall at the event. His broad jump, incidentally, was the longest ever by a wide receiver and the second-largest jump by any position in the history of the Combine. These astounding metrics go along with a great 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame. His 23.6 average yards per reception during his final two collegiate seasons back up his explosive profile and prove he is an elite field stretcher. Hall just needs the opportunity to play. Even if he doesn’t make the Bears roster, there’s a good chance he gets an opportunity elsewhere just on athleticism alone.

 

Stanley Morgan

 

      Stanley Morgan didn’t break out until his junior season at Nebraska but once he did, he owned it. After he went undrafted in April, he was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals. During his junior season, he had 986 receiving yards and ten touchdowns. The very next year, as a senior, he followed that up by going just over 1,000 yards receiving with seven touchdowns. Both of these seasons are impressive considering his Breakout Finder Level of Competition score (65.0) while facing Big Ten Conference competition. Although A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, and John Ross are obvious roster locks, you could argue that, after that, every other wide receiver spot in Cincy is up for grabs. With new head coach Zac Taylor stepping in, Morgan has been given a clear path to opportunity versus the other bubble players hanging around from the previous coaching staff. If he can impress, Morgan could have a great shot of making this Bengals roster.

     Morgan ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash, which is above average speed for a 6-foot, 200-pound wide receiver. His 4.13-second 20-yard shuttle was 4th best at the Combine for receivers. Morgan’s 6.78-second three-cone drill was 2nd best among wide outs at the event, showing off his upper-percentile agility. The Nebraska product is slightly above average in every category and has decent size, athleticism, and production, which is all working in his favor.

 

David Sills

 

     The Buffalo Bills recently signed speedster John Brown and slot man Cole Beasley. These two are added with 2018 undrafted free agent breakout player Robert Foster and 2017 second-round draft pick Zay Jones. In what feels like forever, the Bills have not had a strong passing attack and that’s where David Sills comes in. With a majority of the receivers on this roster being undersized, Sills offers a unique frame and skill set that make him a legitimate red-zone threat on a team desperate for play makers. 

     Sills didn’t begin his career as a receiver. He started at West Virginia University as a quarterback, left for junior college, and came back to West Virginia as a wide out. In his two full seasons at the position he totaled an astounding 33 touchdowns. His 18 TDs were tied for most in the nation in 2017 and his 15 scores in 2018 were second-most. He has been a two-time First Team All-Big-12 Selection, Second Team All American, and a Third Team All American. In 2017, Sills was a finalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, which is awarded to college football’s best receiver. 

     Sills is a red zone monster as shown by his collegiate touchdown history. He offers versatility in today’s NFL. Particularly, Sills could play the ever-growing “big slot” role early in his career with an ability to help on special teams which will only help his chances of making the Bills roster. With a 6’3, 215-pound frame to go along with a 37.5-inch vertical leap, it’s obvious why he was so effective in the red zone. He has above-average athleticism with a sub 7.0-second three-cone time and a broad jump of 117 inches. As a reasonable athlete with a nose for the end zone, Sills might find himself entrenched in this Buffalo passing attack sooner than later. 

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