Burnett decision fine

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.


38 comments Add your comment


January 11th, 2010
9:26 pm

Go Jackets

January 11th, 2010
9:30 pm

Congrats to Morgan, Dwyer, Burnett, and Thomas!!! Good luck in the NFL!!!


January 11th, 2010
9:40 pm

I’m getting nervous that we haven’t heard anything definitive about Groh all day.


January 11th, 2010
9:52 pm

Hanks, I agree.


January 11th, 2010
9:52 pm

we don’t need Tech getting the shaft by Groh….thats for sure


January 11th, 2010
10:15 pm

Jackets D will grow with “Groh”.

Dawgs D doesn’t get “Smart”. It’s still dumb.

Little Stinger

January 11th, 2010
10:21 pm


Old Gold

January 11th, 2010
10:26 pm

Rumor has it that Groh contacted CPJ about the DC position before Wommack was even let go. Now that’s the type of man I want running our D.


January 11th, 2010
10:40 pm

Old Gold, I wouldn’t believe that rumor.

Wesley Chandler

January 11th, 2010
11:26 pm

Old Gold that rumor has a lot of weight


January 12th, 2010
12:39 am

((20-44))!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!


January 12th, 2010
8:25 am

Morgan will not get drafted. But then again, it might not have happened next year either. He should have stayed in school and got a diploma. A few years from now he wil not have a job and be robbing banks like 75% of the other basketball and football players who decide not to get an education and think they will make millions.

Baba O'Riley

January 12th, 2010
8:32 am

Old Gold = Dawg in Disguise

buzz is wiser

January 12th, 2010
9:12 am

@UGAIsSoLastYear, Todd McShay has Burnett listed as the #2 safety in the draft behind Eric Berry. Does that 75% include Curran who want get drafter until Sunday?


January 12th, 2010
9:18 am

Buzz, that is good to hear. Hope you’re right. Rennie has huge arms! He is a monster. I didn’t realize he wasn’t rated that high.


January 12th, 2010
9:52 am

“He should have stayed in school and got a diploma.”

He can get a diploma over the next two years like hundreds of other NFL players have done.

The minimum salary in 2009 for an NFL rookie was $310,000. How many of you guys made that much the first year after leaving college? The minimum for an eight year veteran was over $800,000. How many of you make that much today?

Of course they made the correct decision.


January 12th, 2010
10:03 am

Cant blame the kids for thinking about their financial future. With this economy you have to take the pay day if you get the chance. Best of luck to all of them. Only one that bothers me is BAY BAY and thats because he flat out told the media he was staying. If your not 100% sure shut your mouth like Morgan, Dwyer and Burnett.


January 12th, 2010
10:11 am

collegeballfan – we make a lot more than you do – that’s for sure. One thing you learn in life is – that nothing is guaranteed. Just check all the police blotters with former college athletes.

K with a K

January 12th, 2010
10:28 am

RamblinWreck – BayBay was just responding to a question after a big win! Give the man a break! Sorry to see these guys go but wish them well in the NFL. Seeing 21 is the playmakers jersey for GT who wears it going forward??? I say Orwin Smith, that kid is going to be a great Yellow Jacket!


January 12th, 2010
10:52 am

Again, Congrats to all four. You will be greatly missed, but tech fans wish you the best of luck in the NFL. Cheering for you four will never change, just the day in which we cheer.

Let’s hope we the next generation of Yellow Jacket playmakers step in to take your place immediately (ehh hem Stephen Hill, Izaan Cross, Cooper Taylor, etc.).


January 12th, 2010
11:03 am

Quit being so defensive.

Alabama Jack

January 12th, 2010
11:05 am

Tech sending players to the pros, coaches turning down UGA. Life is good


January 12th, 2010
11:15 am

AtlJacket – someone needs to be. Our football team sure wasn’t this year!!


January 12th, 2010
11:36 am

We need a DC NOW—-Look at our commits-8or9 defensive players that we need to keep in the fold.Right now ,we are no better off than that Athens crowd.I’m starting to get concerned about this.It’s nice to be where we are but we all know that to get where we want to be,we must build a good defense.

GA Tech Insider

January 12th, 2010
11:55 am

UGAIsSoLastYear – Go crawl back under your rock. Here’s an even better thought, why don’t you beat some sense into yourself with it.

Not only will Morgan Burnett be drafted, he’ll be drafted within the first 4 rounds, and Morgan will have a better NFL career than Rennie Curran, from UGA, before all’s said and done.

Just because Morgan was injured most of this past season, and didn’t put up as sterling as statistics as you may have liked, I can assure you the NFL scouts are well aware or Morgan’s ability, and are quite excited of the potential of him playing either Safety position in the pros.


January 12th, 2010
12:30 pm

Charles Perkins will be wearing 21. That kid is going to be a stud.

East Cobb Hokie

January 12th, 2010
12:48 pm

Burnett was personally responsible for stopping each VT red zone drive in the 1st quarter this year.


January 12th, 2010
1:20 pm

In the words of every fan and parent in the UVA Cavalier nation. Groh must GO!!! You have to be likable as a coach too. People must want to play for you. Just don’t like the thought of Groh on the Flats. Just Saying!!!

In The Bank

January 12th, 2010
2:04 pm

Doug, any idea why Thomas didn’t join his classmates in announcing his decision? Why did he jump in with his own press conference? I’m sure he knew what the others were up to, right?

GA Tech Insider

January 12th, 2010
2:54 pm

In The Bank, Demaryius had already made arrangements with an agent and to leave town to start his workouts, in preparation for his pro day, before the others were ready to make their decisions public. Derrick Morgan’s agency has also been selected, and Jonathan and Morgan Burnett are in the process of selecting theirs now. Demaryius was able to find someone he felt comfortable with sooner than the others, and wanted to get a jump on his preparations. No disrespect or hidden agendas between any of the guys.

Not Disappointed

January 12th, 2010
3:02 pm

Good luck Jackets and Dawgs that go Pro!

Ramblin Wreck!


January 12th, 2010
6:59 pm

I wish all of them good luck! Burnett will be just fine in the NFL. He will get drafted, and relatively high. Probably the second or third safety taken…Morgan will probably be top 5, Dwyer in first round, possibly BeBe Thomas and Burnett second round? I know we’ll sure miss them on the Flats! Thanks for your time here! Good luck at the next level and Go Jackets! THWG!


January 12th, 2010
9:09 pm

Paul johnson to Tennessee !!!

Kennesaw Dad

January 12th, 2010
9:24 pm

I am a big time college football fan but have to say that the 2009-2010 college football coaching carousel (climaxed by Lane Kiffen) has provided a horrific example to the 17-22 year old players. I used to think the BCS was a mess!

Old Gold Britches

January 13th, 2010
7:26 am

Thanks for the info GA Tech Insider. I am excited for them all. I wish them the best…….and make us proud of your NFL experience!


January 13th, 2010
9:33 am

Hey grandawg, I started to comment on your post but it isn’t worth it.

I think it is a great decision by all of the guys who decided to go pro. They will all get drafted in the first 4 rounds and that is an opportunity they should not pass up.

And we will be fine without them next year. It just pushes a few guys into starting roles a little earlier. And we still have our most important position player in Nesbitt. Next year we need to start grooming Nesbitt’s replacement from day 1 so we don’t get caught without a QB with some experience like the doggies this year and next.


January 13th, 2010
9:38 am

UGAissolastyear, ARE YOU KIDDING! There guys are all to be commended for the job they did at GT. They are football players, not students…. They will make their money the best way they can, and that’s playing football! Period…. Good Luck to all of them, they have surely earned my respect!


January 13th, 2010
11:12 pm

Burnett probably did need to go. He has 2 kids and I’m sure its a struggle to balance it all. A couple 100,000 would help. Daniel Drummond will fill Dwyer’s role, and possibly be better than JD. Cooper Taylor(Beast) will be back and we really needed him this year. Full Steam Ahead.