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?