I've been a huge fan of Derrick Morgan since early September. He's been near the top of my rankings (see the right hand side bar) ever since and I firmly believe he's destined to be a very high pick in the 2010 draft. A prototype 4-3 end, he got another sack in Georgia Tech's 49-10 win over Duke which takes his season tally to twelve for the year. Not surprisingly, he's starting to get noticed by the high profile draft pundits:
"The most impressive individual player in the country over the past three weeks has been Georgia Tech DE Derrick Morgan, who has seven sacks over that span and absolutely terrorized Duke's offensive line last week.
We've had Morgan in our top 15 overall since early October and in this week's updated rankings he will move ahead of fellow junior Carlos Dunlap (Florida) as the top defensive end on the Scouts Inc. board. And while there's no guarantee Morgan will skip his senior year we've been told by two people close to the situation that he's a virtual lock to enter the 2010 draft.
Morgan is no one-trick pony. He is a relentless pass rusher but also shows great effort holding the point and in pursuit against the run, and recently he has shown the ability to play out of a two-point stance and drop into coverage on zone blitzes.
Should he elect to come out early and perform as well as we expect in pre-draft workouts it would not be a surprise to see Morgan become a top-five pick, and there is no way we see him falling out of the top half of the first round." - Todd McShay, Scouts Inc