Prospect Profile: Derrick Morgan's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber profiles the top prospects eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. Learn about Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan inside.

Derrick Morgan
School: Georgia Tech
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6-4
Weight: 272
Projected 40-Time: 4.78

Star Rating: Grade: 96
Draft Projection: 1st Round

Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:

85-100 = 1st - 2nd Round
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th Round
_55-69 = 5th - 6th Round
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA

Morgan has generated 19.5 sacks over the last two years.
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Strengths: Morgan is a relentless defender who possesses a solid all around game and is just coming into his own as a pass rusher. He’s quick off the snap, has an explosive first step, displays a dynamic inside spin move and uses his strength and quickness to disrupt the action in the backfield. He’s strong against the run and initiates contact against the opposition by delivering a devastating punch. He uses his long reach and strong hands to disengage from the opposition and has the awareness to locate the ball and track down the ballcarrier from behind. He has good body control and balance, which makes him an effective tackler in space. He’s an intelligent, durable player who has a great work ethic and gives maximum effort.

Weaknesses: He occasionally plays too high and doesn’t gain consistent leverage against the opposition. He’s still developing as a pass rusher, and there are times where he disappears in this area.

Steuber Says: A two-year starter at Georgia Tech, Morgan has developed into one of the best defensive ends in the country over the last two years. Since becoming a starter in 2008, Morgan has amassed 106 tackles, 28 for a loss and 19.5 sacks. Despite his tremendous production, there are teams worried about his tendency to disappear during games. During the Orange Bowl this year, a game where Georgia Tech lost to Iowa 24 – 14, Morgan struggled against one of the top offensive tackles in this year’s draft class, Bryan Bulaga. Morgan generated just three tackles against Bulaga and wasn’t much of a factor as a pass rusher. But even though he lacks consistency, Morgan is still the best all-around defensive end available in the draft. He will likely come off the board in the No. 7 – 16 range.

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