2010 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Derrick Morgan

  • Solid height and great bulk/strength
  • Shows very nice burst off the snap; good first step
  • Good closing speed
  • Great flexibility
  • 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
  • Competitive
  • 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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