Shows very nice burst off the snap; good first step
Good closing speed
Dips and bends; runs the tight horn to QB
Has improved hand use
Gets good leverage
Nice pass rush repertoire (spin, club, rip, etc.)
Plays with consistent effort; love his motor
Really sets the edge
Can play left or right end
Balanced end against run and pass
Good range in pursuit
Shown a lot of technical improvement from sophomore to junior season
Great all-around skill set
Very polished for his age (20)
Still has some upside
Very sluggish hips; can't drop into zone
Not the most comfortable in space
Lacks some agility
Hand use could still be more consistent
Needs to develop some counter moves
Can't play in the 3-4 at outside linebacker
Disengagement technique could improve
Summary: Derrick Morgan's stock has really risen this season and I expect him to come off the board in the top 20 picks now. There is so much value for pass rushers in the 4-3 scheme in the league since they are so hard to come by, but Morgan's well-rounded skill set and potential will make him of value to NFL teams.
NFL Fans of 3-4 teams: don't get your hopes up. Morgan really struggles when dropping into coverage. He is most comfortable with his hand in the ground. I've really liked Morgan since his Clemson game in 2009 and he has shown great consistency throughout the year producing 12.5 sacks as of Nov. 15. His production and athleticism will get noticed by NFL teams.
Player Comparison: Patrick Kerney. Kerney's motor, strength, and initial quickness has made him a successful player in the NFL. I see similar traits in Morgan.
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