Derrick Morgan Scouting Report

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Derrick Morgan Scouting Report

Position: DE
Conference: ACC
School: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #91
Height & Weight: 6'4 - 272 lbs.
Drafted 1.16 in 2010 by TEN

2010 NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash4.72
Broad jump9'04
Three-cone drill7.12

2010 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

Heading into the 2009 season, nobody was quite sure what to expect from Derrick Morgan. He certainly has the look of an NFL defensive end at 6-4 and 272 pounds and his numbers in 2008 were pretty good. However, that was with a defensive line that included Michael Johnson, Darryl Richard and Vance Walker (all draftees in the 2009 NFL Draft). In that season, Morgan totaled 9.5 tackles-for-loss and 7.0 sacks, but that was with the opposition worrying about everybody else on the line and Morgan went largely unnoticed. NFL scouts wanted to see what Morgan could do in 2009 when this was his defensive line; so far, he has not disappointed. Through nine games, Morgan has tallied 37 tackles and leads the team with 12.5 tackles-for-loss and 8.5 sacks. He is not getting much help from the rest of the line as nobody else on the team has more than 1.5 sacks. Morgan is still just a junior, but he has proven that he can be a dominating defensive end in the NFL. Morgan should be a first-team All-ACC player in 2009 and he can use that to propel himself into the first couple of rounds of the NFL Draft. However, he is still relatively inexperienced and will only have two real seasons of playing time under his belt. If he opts to return for his senior season, Morgan will get much more attention. 1/17 Update: Morgan finished the 2009 campaign with 55 tackles, 18.5 tackles-for-loss and 12.5 sacks. Those impressive numbers, and the fact that he should be at least a top 20 pick, were enough for Morgan to enter the NFL Draft a year early. Morgan has some room to move his stock up even further if he performs as well as expected at the NFL Combine and other workouts. 3/1 Update: And Morgan has performed very well every step of the way. On many draft boards he has surpassed defensive ends like Carlos Dunlap, Everson Griffen, Jason Pierre-Paul and everybody else. Morgan even did some outside linebacker drills at the NFL Combine, but he seems to fit much better in a 4-3 scheme. Though, it is not a bad idea for him to increase his potential drafters since so many teams run a 3-4 defense. He should be much more valuable to a 4-3 team and the way he is going so far he will not last past the top ten picks.

Last Updated Mar-01-2010 by Joel Welser

2 Comments | Add Yours
Prediction: 1st Round

Good enough to jump this year. Good #s and the size GMs drool over. Dont make a mistake and gamble at facing a rookie salary cap next year. I believe this year will go uncapped and then face a lockout cause owners want that cap 4 rookies.

Posted by:
flock53 01/03/10 12:06 AM
Prediction: 1st Round

Dunlap might be better but overall this guy has all the make up to be a pro bowl type player.

Posted by:
spartanwarrior 02/06/10 10:39 PM
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