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Derrick Morgan
NFL Draft Scouting Report

Defensive End

Georgia Tech


College Position: Defensive End
School: Georgia Tech
Grade: Junior
Height: 6-4
Weight: 270
Birthdate: 01-06-1989
Draft Projection: Top 10
Overall Rank: 8
NFL Draft Position (Rank): Defensive End (1)

Draft Result

Drafted in the 2010 Draft by the Tennessee Titans in the 1st round with the #16 pick.
Defensive end was the Titan's number one draft need and finding the best all-around defensive end Derrick Morgan still on the board was a pleasant surprise. Morgan has the size, strength and quickness to make an immediate impact. He may never be a dominant pass rusher but he has a tremendous motor and is the type of defensive end who will get you 7-10 sacks per year while also being a presence against the run. Morgan also has the size to move inside on passing downs to allow the Titans to bring additional pass rushers onto the field. William Hayes and Jacob Ford showed promise in 2009 and the addition of Derrick Morgan will allow them to bring more consistent pressure in 2010.

Strengths

  • Best all-around defensive end in the draft
  • Good combination of power and athleticism
  • Constantly making plays in the backfield. 19 TFL and 12.5 sacks in 2009
  • Ideal size and bulk to play DE in a 4-3
  • Quick initial burst of the ball
  • Disciplined pass rusher. Very rarely takes poor angles and takes himself out of play
  • Instinctive
  • An underrated run defender
  • Took over games by himself in the ACC. Forced teams to play a conservative passing game with quick throws
 

Weaknesses

  • Against the run he gives up the inside too easily
  • Not a good fit for the 3-4
  • Struggled to make an impact vs. top tackles (limited production vs. Bryan Bulaga and Jason Fox)
  • A bit streaky - 5 sacks in first 2 games yet just 1 sack in his last 4 games
  • Only one year of elite production

News

2011 NFL Draft Pick Analysis: Which Positions Provide the Best Value - Mar 17 (Fran Duffy)
NFL Draft Slot Analysis: Do First Round Draft Slots Matter - Mar 13 (Fran Duffy)
A Draftniks Guide to the Bowl Games: Week 2 (Dec 25 - 31) - Dec 22 (Chris Maier)
2010 Pre-Season All Defensive Rookie Team - Aug 22 (Dan Wernery)
2011 NFL Mock Draft: Pre-Season Edition - Aug 7 (Dan Wernery)
Fantasy Football 101: 2010 Defense/Special Teams Rankings - Jul 22 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: PRE Pre-Season All-Rookie Team - Defense - May 17 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft Grades: AFC South - May 2 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Green Bay Packers Draft Grade - Apr 25 (Raul Colon)
2010 NFL Draft: Five Bold Predictions (Maier Edition) - Apr 21 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Raul Colon's Mock Draft - Final Edition - Apr 21 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Three Team Trade; Significant Draft Implications? - Apr 19 (Dan Wernery)
2010 NFL Draft: 10 Can't-Miss Prospects - Apr 17 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Dan Wernery Plays GM for AFC Teams - Apr 6 (Dan Wernery)
2010 Intersite NFL Mock Draft - Mar 16 (Chris Maier)
Raul Colon's 2010 NFL Mock Draft - Post Combine - Mar 7 (Raul Colon)
2010 NFL Draft - Unofficial Declared Underclassmen List - Jan 15 (Chris Maier)
2010 Post-Thanksgiving Mock Draft - Two Rounds - Nov 28 (Chris Maier)
Feeling a Draft: The Year of the Quarterback? - Nov 18 (Chris Maier)
Feeling a Draft: CJ Spiller Stepping to the Front of the RB Class - Nov 10 (Chris Maier)
DE Derrick Morgan a one man wrecking crew - Nov 8 (Dan Wernery)
2010 NFL Draft: Mid Season Mock Draft - Oct 24 (Dan Wernery)

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