Meet the Titans: Derrick Morgan

Derrick Morgan (Yardbarker.com)

Good Morning Titans Fans, it’s good to be back. Sorry it’s been oh about a week since I’ve posted an article here. Yeah….finals will do that to you. I wrote and posted this article on a fight from Chicago to Savannah, GA…how cool is that…anyways I’m getting off track here.

Derrick Morgan mercifully fell to the Titan’s lap with the 16th overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. This was certainly the best pick the Titans could have had, but I digress. Here is part 3 of Meet the Titans

The Good: Morgan is the most polished of all the DE’s in this draft. He will be able to step in from day 1 and deliver consistent results. He is a big DE, at 6-4, 277 lbs. He has been characterized as an outstanding competitor, which is always good. Scouts say he has an incredibly high motor, and a pretty decent first step. He has pretty good speed, but not truly elite speed. Excellent power. Morgan improved his overall hand use and counter moves as a pass rusher during his two years at Georgia Tech, and has good quickness to close to the QB. He is a prototypical 4-3 DE.

The Bad: While Morgan is the most polished of all the DE’s in the draft, he is not the most athletic. He does not have the same Jevon Kearsesque (like my made up word there?) freakish athletic ability. That honor would go to Jason Pierre-Paul and his back flips. Not the speediest DE, but does a good job of getting to the QB. Morgan needs to improve his pad level and power at the point as a run defender.

Where Does He Fit In: Morgan looks to be a starting DE for the Titans pretty much from day 1. Morgan has no choice essentially. The Titans have lost Kyle Vanden Bosch, and have not as of now resigned Jevon Kearse, so Morgan will have ample opportunity to prove that the Titans picked the right player.

Overall: If y’all are going to force me to grade him, I’ll give this pick an A. The Titans had hoped Pierre-Paul would fall all the way to 16 for them, and he didn’t. Derrick Morgan wasn’t even a thought really; he was supposed to be off the board by pick 16 for sure. Him falling to the Titans at pick 16 was a blessing.

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  • Shawn Smith

    People keep saying Pierre-Paul is more athletic than Morgan but the numbers prove you wrong…

    Morgan vs Pierre-Paul
    40yrd times

  • Shawn Smith

    People keep saying Pierre-Paul is more athletic than Morgan but the numbers prove you wrong…

    Morgan vs Pierre-Paul
    40yrd times 4.77 vs 4.71
    10yrd splits 1.60 vs 1.65
    Vertical 34 inches vs 30.5 inches
    Broad jump 9’4” vs 9’7”
    20yrd shuttle 4.43 vs 4.67
    3 cone 7.12 vs 7.18

    Morgan bested Pierre-Paul in 4 of these categories (the most crucial physical tests for DEs): 10yrd splits, Vertical, 20yrd shuttle, and 3 cone times. Also, Pierre-Paul only benched 19 reps at the combine…Morgan didn’t do the bench press at the combine but Pierre-Paul’s 19 reps was below nearly all other DEs.

    This “myth” of Pierre-Paul being a physical freak is hilarious…he’s not even the most athletic DE in this draft. Add on to that, Morgan had 8 more sacks last year in college than Pierre-Paul, despite playing against better competition and not having another NFL-caliber DE on the other side of the line. Pierre-Paul is going to be a bust.

  • kent wilson

    good article, you should add and The Ugly part like the worst case scenario or something, you know so that it goes The Good, The Bad, The Ugly hehe i know i crack myself up. anywho man, loved the article, take care and stay safe.

  • Jake Thompson

    I thought about adding the ugly part, but….I couldn’t figure out that much to say.

  • Jake Thompson

    I’d also like to point out. Everyone always comments on everyone else’s article going hey great article loved it man…I know that’s great and all but if my article is bad tell me. I need to get better at this stuff so criticize the crap out of me I don’t care, anything to improve my writing.

  • Cody

    Im sure you have heard by now that Morgan did the popular thing for a 1st round titan to do in mini camp and tweaked his Hammy. it sounds like its only a day-to-day and not too serious but it was the first practice where the rookies play with the vets and i was anxious to see what the pros would say about his skill. I wanted to hear all the hype like we heard about Britt and Cook last year of how great they are and how fst they are catching on. Hopefully he gets it taken care of soon so he can get back in the fight. It doesnt sound like its going to be anything that would hinder him for too long or still affect him up to the preseason or anything. (i hope not i have some killer tickets for the preseason game against the panthers)
    I guess we shouldnt freak out because he has never realy been injured so it doesnt sound like this is an issue with him. And i like the comparisons to JPP. Besides it doesnt matter how athletic you are that doesnt mean your going to make a great football player in the NFL. Otherwise Oakland would be a Dynasty by now. Also we will see he who a better career. JPP is at best 3rd on the Giants depth chart and has 3 DE’s that have been to a probowl in the last 3 years to get past so good luck to him. Hopefully he doesnt sack Eli in practice because than he will have to cry his way out of NY like he did SD. BOOM

  • kent wilson

    jesus jake your article sucked more then a tijuana whore, god man get it right LOLOL that good for criticism LOL

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