Many commenters have asked what Morgan Burnett was thinking leaving school early for the NFL Draft.
After seven interceptions last year, he had four this year. More importantly, he just didn’t seem to make as many big plays as he did last season.
Well, keep in mind, that the defense works as a unit, as Paul Johnson is fond of saying. When one part has issues it affects the other parts. Because Tech didn’t have a consistent pass rush, it often left the secondary trying to cover a lot of space for a long time. It’s hard to do.
And when the line did get pressure, sometimes the coverage was botched.
So, just because Burnett didn’t look as flashy, it wasn’t always his fault.
Charles Davis, draft analyst for the NFL Network, said he likes Burnett a lot. Davis said had Burnett stayed in school one more year, he definitely would have made more money because he would have improved his draft status. But Davis said Burnett will make his money down the road when it’s time to renegotiate his NFL contract.
David he liked Burnett’s frame, which is more cornerback-ish than linebacker-ish and is what Davis said more NFL teams are looking for because they don’t want to have to change personnel every down.
So, there you go….
A few more tidbits from today’s press conference:
Burnett had the best lines of the three. I’m going to parahprase, but you’ll get the point.
I asked each of the three which NFL team was their favorite.
Dwyer got laughs saying anywhere it wasn’t cold.
Morgan, who grew up outside of Philly, said he is a 49ers fan.
Burnett, with his cool, country twang, said he’s a fan of ALL 32 teams.
Brad Jefferson, Burnett’s best friend on the team, seemed a little down after the press conference. But “Gladiator” said he supported his friend and was looking forward to next season.
He said sometimes it’s time for guys to go out into the real world.
Kyle Jackson posted on facebook that the CT scan on the his injured foot was negative and that he’s looking forward to practicing in August.
The Dolphins fired their defensive coordinator on Monday. What does that mean to Tech? Perhaps not much. But does that mean Al Groh, who has had preliminary talks with Tech about its defensive coordinator job, will be pursued by Miami bigwig Bill Parcells, who is one of Groh’s mentors?
I have no idea. But if something changes, I hope to let you know.