The Tennessee Titans drafted DE Derrick Morgan with the 16th pick of the 2010 NFL draft, just one pick after the New York Giants took DE Jason Pierre-Paul. We all know how the story goes from there. JPP blew up and turned into the phenom the Giants hoped he would be when they drafted him while Derrick Morgan lost his rookie season to injury and was haunted by injuries in his sophomore campaign as well.
Here’s the comparison of their careers thus far, thanks to NFL.com:
It’s a little rough looking at those first couple seasons, but oddly enough, they had almost identical 2012 seasons. Whether or not it really means much, it has to make Titans fans feel at least a little bit better.
If you take away JPP’s monstrous sophomore year, the two are actually comparable. As you can see from the stats above, both DE’s had 6.5 sacks in 2012 and a FF. Morgan had 6 passes deflected while JPP had 5. JPP did have a pick six and a couple more tackles.
It just feels good to see them on the same level. Morgan finally showed flashes of why he was a first round pick, constantly badgering QB’s and pushing the pocket in 2012. Hopefully he can carry the momentum into the 2013 season. He could bloom in 2013 if Jerry Gray pulls the defense together and the Titans fill the rest of their holes via free agency and the draft.
I feel much better about Derrick Morgan than I did at the start of 2012. His play this past season warrants hope. Now if only he can best JPP in 2013…
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