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Grade
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  • 7.12 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 34 1/2" Arm Length
  • 266LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Overview

Morgan has been an extremely productive starter for the Yellow Jackets over the past two seasons. He has a good combination of size and athleticism for a 4-3 defensive end. He doesn’t appear to have the overall athleticism to project him as an outside backer in a 3-4 scheme. Morgan has improved his overall hand use and counter moves as a pass rusher with good quickness to close to the quarterback. He needs to improve his pad level and power at the point as a run defender but gives consistent effort in this phase of the game. Morgan is an excellent football player that should test out well for his dimensions and likely be highly touted in the 2010 draft.

Analysis

Strengths

Morgan is an extremely productive defensive end with a good combination of size and speed who fits in a 4-3. Shows great range in run pursuit. Has been a very steady, consistent performer. Is an explosive tackler. Has great pass rushing instincts and now has a variety of moves. Plays with a lot of toughness and intelligence at all times.

Weaknesses

Morgan lacks some power with his initial punch and at the point of attack. He needs to improve his consistency when disengaging and separating versus the run. We question his scheme versatility, and he does not appear to be a fit coming off the edge from OLB in a 3-4 or holding up as a 3-4 end.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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