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2010 NFL Draft - Tennessee Titans
Georgia Tech DE Derrick Morgan
Georgia Tech DE Derrick Morgan
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Posted Apr 24, 2010


Tennessee Titans - AFC South, 2010 Draft Selections & Prospects

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2010 NFL Draft Analysis
1st Round (1-16) | 31st Round (17-32) | 2nd Round | 3rd Round
4th Round | 5th Round | 6th Round | 7th Round | Top Free Agents

- CFN 2010 Draft Central
- 10 Biggest Reaches

2010 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami
New England | NY Jets

WEST Denver | Kansas City
 Oakland | San Diego

NORTH Balt. | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh

SOUTH Houston | Indy
Jacksonville | Tenn.

2010 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants
Philadelphia | Wash.

WEST Arizona | San Fran.
Seattle | St. Louis

NORTH Chicago | Detroit
Green Bay | Minnesota

SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina
New Orleans | Tampa Bay

First Round 
Derrick Morgan, DE Georgia Tech 6-3, 266
Overall Pick No. 16 CFN Overall Ranking: 12

An extremely good value at 16, but he’s not the pass rusher that Brandon Graham and Jason Pierre-Paul are and ended up slipping a bit. The Titans needed an end and had to be ecstatic to get a guy who doesn’t need any motivation and should be a rock-solid pro from the word go. He might not be a superstar, but he’s a very, very nice cog in the system.

The raw skills are there with excellent speed, good quickness, and nice size. With a long frame he could still add at least ten pounds without losing much, and with his strength he could fine in anywhere up front in either a 3-4 or a 4-3. Always the No. 1 focus of every blocking scheme, he still produced at a high level. However, he can be erased at times by top offensive tackles and will disappear for stretches. There are some who might be thinking about moving him to outside linebacker, but that would be a mistake; he’s an end. The key to his career will be adding more to the repertoire as a pass rusher since a lot of the big plays he came up with in college won’t translate; he’s not necessarily a speed rusher at an NFL level. While he might not be a dominant sackmaster, he’ll be a very, very good all-around defender for a long time with the drive to get better. There’s almost no bust factor.
CFN Projection: First Round

Third Round 
Damian Williams, WR USC 6-1, 197 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 77 CFN Overall Ranking: 53

In the Titans’ eternal search for a good receiver, Williams might not be perfect, but he can be a nice playmaker and a good piece of the puzzle. He can make Vince Young look like a real, live, passer.

The former Arkansas Razorback transferred to USC and was fine, but his workouts have been average. In a strange way, considering he played with Mark Sanchez and was Matt Barkley’s main target, he often made his quarterbacks look great by making something out of nothing. While he doesn’t have blazing speed, he’s quick on the field and does a great job of fighting for the ball. He might not be a star NFL No. 1 target, he has enough talent to grow into a devastating No. 2. He’ll be a big yards after catch target.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Third Round 
Rennie Curran, OLB Georgia 5-11, 235
Overall Pick 97 CFN Overall Ranking: 63

Jeff Fisher will wake up tomorrow morning and his first thought will be, “yeah, I got my linebacker.” Getting Derrick Morgan in the first round was nice, but the end isn’t the playmaker that Curran is. Be shocked if Curran isn’t one of the team’s top tacklers from the moment he steps on the field.

Not all that big and not all that strong against the bigger, tougher NFL blockers, but he’s a terrific athlete who moved well at the Combine but ran a mere 4.72 40. Extremely strong, he might make up for his lack of height with pure strength. On the field, he was extremely underappreciated and overshadowed in the SEC and could become a star once he hits the NFL limelight. In the weird world of NFL scouting, if he was 6-1 he’d probably be a sure-thing top 50 pick, but because he’s two inches shorter (like that really matters for a linebacker) he’ll probably drop.
CFN Projection: Third Round

Fourth Round (from Seattle)
Alterraun Verner, CB UCLA 5-10, 189
Overall Pick No. 104 CFN Overall Ranking: 121

The Titans like ball-hawkers, and Jeff Fisher has his third aggressive defender in the first four picks. Verner might not be a No. 1 corner for the Titans, but he could have plenty of opportunities to be an interception machine in the system. Is he worth LenDale White? Tennessee gave up the RB to Seattle for Verner.

Very quick and very, very good at going to get the ball, he’s a hawker who seems to make things happen. While the straight-line speed is mediocre, he’s so quick that it doesn’t matter. While he’s a bit thin, he’s willing to come up and hit and he doesn’t make a ton of mistakes. The athleticism isn’t there to be elite, and he’s not going to be a No. 1 corner, but he should be an excellent nickel back or a serviceable No. 2 corner on a secondary with a shutdown star.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Fifth Round 
Robert Johnson, S/CB Utah 6-2, 195
Overall Pick 148 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent

A reach for anyone else, Johnson could be a nice fit for the Tennessee defense that needs defensive backs and puts a premium on very quick, very athletic playmakers. Is Johnson a corner or a safety? He could find a role as a backup right away.

A former JUCO transfer, Johnson is a good tackler with tremendous range. He’s not all that physical, but he can fly all over the field and has the versatility to see time at both corner and safety.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Sixth Round  (from Seattle)
Rusty Smith, QB Florida Atlantic 6-5, 212
Overall Pick 176 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent

Over Dan LeFevour? Over Tony Pike?! Smith was a hotter prospect two years ago than he is now, and while he has the size and the live arm, he’s nothing more than a developmental prospect who’ll never start. He’s a good dinker and dunker, but that’s it.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Sixth Round 
Myron Rolle, SS Florida State 6-2, 215
Overall Pick 207 CFN Overall Ranking: 179

NERRRRRRRRRDS. Actually, the guy might be the President of the United States, or a neurosurgeon, or anything he wants to be. The Rhodes Scholar should become fast friends with a defensive back-friendly coach in Jeff Fisher, and he should be a leader in the secondary if he proves he’s good enough to stay on the field. First he has to start making more plays when the ball is in the air.

With high character, smarts, and the will to want to be a good player, the Rhodes scholar is a special person who’s the type of player everyone wants to have on the team. While he’s not fast, he came up with 21 reps on the bench at the Combine and came up with a great 10’4” broad jump. He’s not great when the ball is in the air and got by on his leadership, smarts, and raw talent at Florida State; he’s not all that instinctive. The big concern for teams will be his desire to go through the work of being an NFL player when he has far more important things ahead of him with dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

Seventh Round 
Marc Mariani, WR Montana 6-1, 181
Overall Pick 222 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent

Nothing more than a flier on a decent-sized producer, he’s not going to set the world on fire but he could be used as a solid possession receiver. He’ll be a special teamer if he makes the cut.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

Seventh Round 
David Howard, DT Brown 6-3, 288
Overall Pick 238  CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent

While he’s not the biggest tackle around, he’s a smart, quick tackle who can be used as a penetrator and a potential backup for third downs. He doesn’t have the raw bulk to be an every down stopper. The Titans always like to keep a rotation going and Howard could be a part of that if he can be disruptive in camp.
CFN Projection: Free Agent