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Derrick Morgan (DE)
  • Height:
    6'3"
  • Weight:
    266 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    34 1/2 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 3/4 in.
  • College:
    Georgia Tech
  • Conference:
    ACC
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Selected by: Tennessee Titans
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 16 (16)
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Pick Analysis: The Titans fill their biggest need with the addition of Derrick Morgan. As a high-motor pass rusher with a quick first step, Morgan gives the Titans a legitimate threat off the edge. Additionally, he is a stout player against the run, and shows the potential to be an effective every down defensive end. Given the losses of Jevon Kearse and Kyle Vanden Bosch, Morgan should play a big role for the Titans as a rookie.

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.


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.

Grade

8.5

 

Video Playlist

  • Titans take Morgan

    Published: April 22, 2010 at 09:38 p.m.

    The Titans select Georgia Tech DE Derrick Morgan with the 16th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

  • First Draft: Derrick Morgan

    Published: April 13, 2010 at 05:32 p.m.

    Georgia Tech DE Derrick Morgan talks about his football memories as he prepares for draft day.

  • 2010 Draft Vignettes - Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech

    Published: April 13, 2010 at 02:50 p.m.

    A look at NFL draft prospect Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan.

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