Scouting Report: Derrick Morgan

Written by Rob Engle on April 4, 2010



Derrick Morgan


Position: DE School: Georgia Tech
Height: 6’3" Weight: 266 lbs
Class: Junior 40 time: 4.72

Overall Grade:

7.50

Draft Projection:

Top 10 Pick



Draft Breakdown Red Star Player


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 5
Speed 8 6.5
Quickness/Agility 10 8
Strength/Explosion 10 7.5
Athletic Ability 8 6.5
Durability 8 8
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 5.5
Toughness 8 6.5
Potential 10 9.5


Defensive Line Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Run Stopping 8 6.5
Pass Rushing 8 7.5
Awareness 8 7.5
Hand Placement 8 7



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Morgan has great size, speed, quickness, and power which are all extremely important attributes for a pass rusher in the NFL. A lot of experience starting on Georgia Tech’s defensive line and has played in all but one of his games for his 3 year career. Has an elite first step. High motor player and will keep running every play of every game. Gets under the lineman’s pads well but also has the hand strength and quickness to make sure they don’t lock on. An underrated run defender and he seems to understand his assignment very well; rarely caught out of position.

Weaknesses

Morgan plays so fast that he can get out of control. He seems to fall down during the middle of a play a lot which could mean a lot of big plays in the NFL. If he’s draft to play 3-4 rush linebacker then he’ll need to learn how to drop into coverage since he has almost no experience doing so. Morgan doesn’t have great hips or sideline to sideline agility so he’s more of a north/south pass rusher.

Analysis

Most likely the most well rounded pass rusher coming out this year, Morgan is a great talent. He should be a top 10 pick and will make an immediate impact and should start from day 1. He could play end in a 4-3 or rush LB in a 3-4, but in a 3-4 he would primarily be a situational pass rusher for his first year. He had a lot of playing experience even though he had many other quality draft prospects that were in front of him, like last years 3rd round pick Michael Johnson. He may never be a superstar, but at worst he should be an above average starter at the next level; has a pretty high ceiling and floor.


Experience

Morgan is a two year starter at Georgia Tech.

Awards and Honors

2009: ACC Defensive Player of the Year. First team All-ACC.
2008: Honorable mention All-ACC.
2007: n/a

Academics

Science, technology and culture major at Georgia Tech.

Injuries

No history of injuries.


Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 52 37 15 12 2 0 0
2008 51 31 20 6 0 0 0
2007 9 4 5 0 0 0 0



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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Rob Engle.