Now that we are deep into the NFL offseason, let’s go back and take a look at the Tech players who performed the best on the field last season. I believe the most informative and exciting way to do this is to make a Top 10 list, counting down from 10 to 1. I’ll post one player a day for the next ten weekdays, so make sure to keep up and share your opinions by commenting below. The next player we are going to talk about and the number seven player on this list is Derrick Morgan, a DE for the Tennessee Titans.
Coming out of college, Morgan was drafted by the Titans with the 16th pick in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. In his first two seasons he was very underwhelming and some people labeled him a bust. At the beginning of last year he started off with much of the same. Midway through the season, however, something clicked and he started to contribute on the field. Over a five game stretch, he managed to get 6 pass deflections, which is quite impressive for a DE. This is great news for his development because DE’s should keep their eyes up when they can’t get to the QB to try and knock passes down. In the last four games of the season, Morgan turned up the intensity, getting four sacks. This was a nice finish to the season, ending with 6.5 sacks and 59 tackles.
Morgan started to look like a building block for the Titans towards the end of the season, which is why he beats out Landry on this list. While Landry was more consistent, Morgan showed the ability to be a game-changer. If he can continue to develop and put a complete season together, then he will definitely move up another spot or two. DE’s are one of the premium positions in football and have a huge impact on the game. Hopefully he can finally develop into the impact player the Titans drafted him to be. Below are the rankings so far.
#10 Vance Walker- Atlanta Falcons
#9 Jonathan Dwyer- Pittsburgh Steelers
#8 Dawan Landry- Jacksonville Jaguars
#7 Derrick Morgan- Tennessee Titans
Stats from ESPN.com.