2010 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Heading into the 2009 season, nobody was quite sure what to expect from Derrick Morgan. He certainly has the look of an NFL defensive end at 6-4 and 272 pounds and his numbers in 2008 were pretty good. However, that was with a defensive line that included Michael Johnson, Darryl Richard and Vance Walker (all draftees in the 2009 NFL Draft). In that season, Morgan totaled 9.5 tackles-for-loss and 7.0 sacks, but that was with the opposition worrying about everybody else on the line and Morgan went largely unnoticed.
NFL scouts wanted to see what Morgan could do in 2009 when this was his defensive line; so far, he has not disappointed. Through nine games, Morgan has tallied 37 tackles and leads the team with 12.5 tackles-for-loss and 8.5 sacks. He is not getting much help from the rest of the line as nobody else on the team has more than 1.5 sacks.
Morgan is still just a junior, but he has proven that he can be a dominating defensive end in the NFL. Morgan should be a first-team All-ACC player in 2009 and he can use that to propel himself into the first couple of rounds of the NFL Draft. However, he is still relatively inexperienced and will only have two real seasons of playing time under his belt. If he opts to return for his senior season, Morgan will get much more attention.