I've continuously referred to the tremendous 'Draft Lab' series from K.C. Joyner, who looks at a different prospect every week. Derrick Morgan (DE, Georgia Tech) gets the treatment this time round and it's an interesting read. You'll need to be an ESPN insider account to get the entire piece, but I'd recommend signing up for this weekly series alone. Here's some highlights:
"After one game of the tape review of Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan I had thoughts of grading him above the phenom Ndamukong Suh. That dominant game was the Sept. 10 contest against the Clemson Tigers. Morgan had seven splash plays (defined as when a defender negatively impacts a passing play) in a mere 25 pocket pass rush attempts and very nearly had two others."
"Those are Suh-like numbers. Equally impressive was the wide variety of pass rush moves he used to get them. He alternated outside speed rushes with inside rip moves, sprinkled in a measure of bull and spin moves and used the wrist club and shoulder club with equal effectiveness. The mixing of moves at this level is so rare that I can think of only two NFL pass-rushers whose mastery would be equal to this (Jared Allen and Patrick Kerney)."
"Morgan also had a dominant showing against the run in that contest. Clemson knew better than to try to test him very often, so the Tigers directed only five running plays his way. Morgan won the point of attack (POA) block on four of those runs and the Tigers gained only five total yards."
"Ndamukong Suh is probably the best collegiate defensive line prospect to come along in a generation -- and, for a time, Morgan's tape review had him keeping up with Suh. The two areas of concern are relatively minor in comparison with Morgan's upside, so he easily gets a TFS seal of approval." - K.C. Joyner, ESPN
The areas of concern that Joyner refers to are his endurance (Morgan has looked visibly exhausted late in several games this year that I've witnessed personally) and the number of yards given up by Georgia Tech when Morgan didn't win his battle at the point of attack. The tiredness needs to be checked out, but it's not really surprising considering his relentless approach and he's in on nearly all of the team's defensive snaps. The second negative is perhaps testament to Morgan's importance to his team.
I have Morgan going third overall in my most recent mock draft. Even in the wake of the revelation Pete Carroll will be Seattle's new head honcho, I still believe Morgan is a very real possibility with the sixth overall pick.