In the first round of the 2010 draft the Tennessee Titans drafted Derrick Morgan with the 16th overall pick. Morgan had been touted as the most complete DE in the entire draft and was expected to become a solid DE for the Titans and showed flashes of that in his first four games as a Titan. Before his injury in the 4th game, Morgan had totaled 1.5 sacks during his playing time as a DE in the Titans rotation. Another DE that had been rumored to be at the top of the Titans draft board was taken with the 15th overall pick, just one before the Titans. His name is Jason Pierre-Paul. Many said he was the second coming of the former Titan Jevon Kearse. It doesn’t appear they were far off.
Derrick Morgan made it back from rehabbing a torn ACL and has been on and off again as a starter this year for the Titans. So far in the 2011 season Morgan has played in 10 games and he has only registered .5 sack more than he did in his first 4 games as a situational player in 2010. This is frustrating, especially when you compare him to JPP.
In JPP’s rookie year he totaled 4.5 sacks, 2 FF, and 2 FR. In 2011 he has already recorded 10.5 sacks and 1 FF.
That is a frustrating comparison.
The Titans drafted Morgan in hopes of adding a solid addition at the DE position that could be a long time starter. Thus far this season he hasn’t proven it.
In the end we have to have patience. Morgan is just a year off a torn ACL and is dealing with an ankle injury that’s hampering him. It’s just a little hard having a first round pick be so unproductive when the pick before him is tearing it up.
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