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 four player on this list is Morgan Burnett, a S for the Packers.
Burnett was drafted by the Packers in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played in only 4 games as a rookie because he tore his ACL. He had a break out season his second year in the league, recording 107 tackles with 3 interceptions and 11 pass deflections. Last year was much of the same for Burnett, as he posted 123 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions and 5 pass deflections. He has turned into a do-it-all safety who can create turnovers and change games. The Packers have some young players on defense, so I expect him to continue to improve next year.
Burnett lands at number 4 on this list because he was an excellent contributor for a playoff team and started every game last season. He was all over the field and turned into a key performer on the Packers’ defense. 2013 should be another good year for him, but I don’t see him moving up in these rankings. The bottom line is that this Super Bowl Champion is a young and improving player that should be good for a long time. 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
#6 Daryl Smith- Jacksonville Jaguars
#5 Philip Wheeler- Oakland Raiders
Stats from ESPN.com.