Derrick Morgan: What can we expect this year?

2010 NFL Draft Round 1

Roger Goodell and Derrick Morgan (YardBarker)

Okay, so I am totally depressed.  I just read an article by Pat Kirwan discussing how unproductive rookie defensive ends drafted in the first two rounds have been over the past four years.  Clearly Mr. Kirwan is unaware of how much we expect from our 1st round pick Derrick Morgan.  If Derrick Morgan reads your article, Mr. Kirwan, you will soon be his enemy.  I consider Derrick Morgan a friend, so Mr. Kirwan you are now my enemy!  In truth, I am starting to worry that my need for the Titans to have a dominant defensive end is clouding my judgement regarding what Morgan will give us this year.

Kirwan looked at the numbers for defensive ends in 4-3 schemes and outside linebackers in 3-4 schemes and only Clay Mathews of the Packers and Brian Orakpo of the Redskins were posted double digits for sacks from the 2009 draft class.  Of the nine rookies taken in the first two rounds of the 2010 draft that play the positions listed above possibly one player will post double digit sacks according to Kirwan.

I am going to say right now in front of Eddie George and everybody that Derrick Morgan will get 10 sacks this year.  I believe the Titans secondary will be much improved over last year and Morgan will have time to hunt down opposing quarterbacks.  I see Cortland Finnegan and Jason McCourty as the cornerbacks, Chris Hope and Michael Griffin as safetys, Ryan Mouton, Rod Hook,  Alterraun Verner, Myron Rolle, and Robert Johnson fighting it out on the depth chart and playing some in nickel and dime formations.  That kind of depth will bolster a secondary that suffered when Mouton and McCourty were forced to play as rookies due to injuries (the 59-0 loss the Patriots?).

Enough from me.  Let’s hear what you guys think.  What can we expect from Derrick Morgan this year? How many sacks? If he isn’t the 10-sack guy from this years draft then who is it?

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  • Troy Heinzman

    I can see how you would be optimistic about Derrick Morgan. He recorded 18 sacks in 32 college games (0.6 sacks a game). If he maintains that pace in the NFL, he would get 9 sacks his rookie year. This is a Titans blog, so let’s throw him one more for an even 10. It makes sense and if that happens, the Titans defense could go from 28th last year back to 7th as they were in 2008.

    Now let’s look at the other side of it. Pat Kirwan has a valid point. Since 1982 (when sacks became an official statistic), there have been 646 defensive ends selected in the NFL Draft. Of those 646, only 16 have recorded double-digit sacks in their rookie season (2.5%). Is Morgan a 2-percenter? Maybe, but the odds are against him.

    Great content and conversation in the comments. You and your team have a budding community here. Nice work.

  • cody

    I would love to see Morgan rack up ten sacks but there is a realy good reason that he might not. He is going to add so much more to this line than himself. Id say that by the time he racks up his first multisack game and is appreciated by opposing offenses, teams are going to focus on him and leaving an open door for the rest of the guys. If jones stays healthy he himself is sam near unstoppable. Throw in Tony Brown and what u have is a three headed monster. Let’s not forget that hayes had a productive 09 season and he is slated to start in 2010. The fact is that Morgan isn’t just a one man wrecking crew. He is going to make everyone around him more productive somewhat in the way that big albert did. If u say Morgan gets eight sacks and the other 3 starters average 5 a piece on the line plus ur linebackers and the rest of the d line that rotates in…..we have a shot to have that 08 type line again forcing qbs to rush the ball out too soon and make bad throws. Morgan just made our whole d a little better and doesn’t require a rookie sack record to do it. Ps he is more than a pass rusher. He can stuff the run because he doesn’t get lost in the sauce like JPP will.

    • Nick Ewing

      I like your scenario the best. I would be happy with 6-7 sacks out of Morgan if he is able to generate enough pressure to allow some of his teammates to sneak in and rack up sacks as well. We need to pressure the opposing QB’s this year and I don’t care how we do it!

  • Blaize

    If you read my blog on Morgan, you will see that I am very impressed with this kid in college:

    He was big time Athlete his Junior year, but many people assumed it was because of the talent around him. The following year he had three first time starters on the field with him and his numbers only got better.

    Teams would plan against him, but it didn’t matter he still got the job done.

    I think it will take him four or five games to get into the swing of things, but luckily that is the easiest part of our schedule. With Jim Washburn as the DLine coach, Morgan is likely to make the pro bowl within his first three years. I guess we’ll have to see how it plays out.

  • Jake Thompson

    You read the Pat Kerwin article? Try having to listen to him on Sirius NFL Radio as they went over the names and listed the sack totals, man it’s depressing. Here’s hoping to a better future for Derrick Morgan. I’ll take anything in the Neighborhood of 5 sacks though, lets not expect anything crazy here