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BGN 2010 Mock Draft Pick #10 - The Jacksonville Jaguars

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With the tenth pick in the 2010 BGN Draft, eaglemaniac814 selects...

Derrick Morgan - DE, Georgia Tech

The Jacksonville Jaguars were not an easy team to draft for, but not a hard team to draft for. They had needs, but the needs they had are what I call "first round" needs. In layman's terms, they were significant needs. They needed pass rushers, and playmakers, particularly from the reciever position. At this slot I considered the following: Jason Pierre Paul, Dez Bryant, and Derrick Morgan. I ultimately chose Morgan, because one, he's probably the safest of the three, and two, Jacksonville had a despicable pass rush.
Onto Jacksonville's despicable pass rush. They only produced 14 sacks all year, last in the year. That means Oakland, Detroit, and other laughingstocks had more sacks than they did. Of all people, John Henderson was the team leader in sacks with 3. It's kind of sad when the guy with the most sacks on your roster has enough sacks to count on one hand. Heck, I find it hard to believe they finished 7-9 with that atrocious of a pass rush.
Though Derrick Morgan is probably not the best player available, he is probably the safest pick for Jacksonville to make. In his final year at GA Tech, he finished with 55 tackles 18.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks. These numbers are more impressive citing the fact that he got little, if any help from his teammates. Nobody else on their defense last year got more than 1.5 sacks.
With Derrick Morgan, think a slightly heavier version of Trent Cole. He stands 6'4" and weighs 272 pounds, about 20 pounds heavier than Cole. He plays with a high motor and is one of the best defensive linemen at stopping the run in this years draft class. In addition to this, he has a great first step and plays with a low pad level. He has few weaknesses. Morgan isn't really the best athlete in the world, and can be shut down. He needs to develop some "counter-moves" to prevent from being shut down, and this is something he can develop throughout the offseason and in camp. In short, he is one of the most polished and NFL ready players in the 2010 draft class.
Next on the clock will be jaws1385 with the Denver Broncos.

Previous picks: #1 Ndamukong Suh, #2 Russell Okung, #3 Gerald McCoy, #4 Sam Bradford, #5 Eric Berry, #6 Trent Williams, #7 Jimmy Clausen, #8 Bruce Campbell, #9 Bryan Bulaga