The 16th pick of 2010 NFL Draft is Derrick Morgan from the Georgia Institute of Technology. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Well, we all expected Derrick Morgan
to be the first pick amongst the Yellow Jacket draftees. We didn't necessarily expect Demaryius Thomas
to be drafted ahead of Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant
. Were we surprised? Not really. Georgia Tech fans have seen NFL caliber receiver play every season since 2004. Even though we're a run first team, we know who is a big time prospect
and who isn't.
First off, Morgan was the 6th defensive linemen taken in the Draft. He was the fourth defensive end taken. As I reminded Yakub2
last night, the only teams really interested in Derrick were 4-3 D's so that might of been part of the reason he dropped as far as he did. I think he landed at a solid squad in Tennessee. They were 0.500 last season and have a great coach in Jeff Fisher. If Vince Young matures even more, the Titans should make a solid run at the playoffs next season.Demaryius Thomas
' selection was not totally in left field. The Broncos finished 0.500 last season as well and were looking to replace recently traded diva Brandon Marshall
. They are a run first team and really need receivers to be big physical blockers. Who was the best blocking receiver in this Draft? Bay Bay. Who knows how to run the vertical play action routes and overpower defensive backs on the deep ball? Bay Bay. As we saw with Calvin, NFL teams don't need guys with ridiculous stats from pass heavy offenses. NFL teams need big, fast receivers that work hard. Bay Bay fits the bill and that's why he was taken as the first wide receiver in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Other thoughts. 28 out of 32 picks were from the BCS. What can you say about the Big 12 last night? The first four picks all from the Big 12. 9 of the 32 were from the Big 12. Pretty impressive night for a conference that is sitting in the backseat during conference expansion discussions.
The ACC sent four guys in the first round: two Tech guys, C.J. Spiller
, and Florida State's Patrick Robinson
. This was the fewest ACC first rounders since the Expansion. The 2004 NFL Draft saw only one ACC player selected in the first round (Philip Rivers).
What are you thoughts on the First Round?