Morgan, Thomas react to the draft

Derrick Morgan seemed slightly aggravated and Demaryius Thomas slightly relieved after being selected in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday in New York.

Morgan, projected to be a top-10 pick, slide to No. 16 where the Tennessee Titans snagged him. Thomas, who was surprised to be invited to New York for the shindig, was picked by the Denver Broncos at No. 22.

“I did think I was the best defensive end in the class, but Tennessee is a great situation for me,” Morgan told the Tennessean newspaper. “… It’s a huge chip on my shoulder. The teams that didn’t pick me are going to see that.”

ESPN analysts said Morgan was the complete defensive end in the draft, but two more ends were selected ahead of him. Morgan had 12 1/2 sacks last year as a junior to earn ACC defensive player of the year honors. It’s not clear why he slid, but Morgan said he wasn’t going to let that slow him down.

“I want to make an immediate impact,” he said.

Because of his size (6-3, 224 pounds) and speed (4.38 in the 40), Thomas steadily moved up the mock draft boards, even after he broke a bone in his foot in February while training. He caught 46 passes for 1,154 yards last season to become the first receiver taken on Thursday.

“I’m looking to come in and learn stuff from the guys that are already there so I can be successful like Brandon Marshall was in that offense,” Thomas told the Denver Post. Marshall was a Pro Bowl-receiver for the Broncos who was traded to Miami in the offseason.


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Tim Tebow's Tears

April 23rd, 2010
11:19 am

Falcons should’ve gotten Bay Bay

GT.... huoweio;j

April 23rd, 2010
11:20 am

These guys are soooooooo overrated. I mean thomas coudn’t even catch the ball against the dawgs this year!!!!
GT sucks and will never have as much talent as their superiors to the east in Athens, baby! Nerds, nerds, nerds WE own you!!!

GOOOOOOOO DAWGS!! SIC EM WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!!!!

come on

April 23rd, 2010
11:21 am

was getting hopeful that morgan was going to land in the falcons lap.

wiley

April 23rd, 2010
11:25 am

Does anyone have some troll repellent?

TDone

April 23rd, 2010
11:37 am

To GT…. huoweio;j, both Thomas and Morgan now make more money than you do.

How does that make you feel?

GT Anchorage

April 23rd, 2010
11:40 am

How many uga players were drafted in the first round this year?

Down South

April 23rd, 2010
11:43 am

WEST LAURENS RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!! BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAY TO GO THOMAS!!!

Down South

April 23rd, 2010
11:44 am

GA BULLDOG BOYS CAN’T STAY OUT OF PRISON

KD

April 23rd, 2010
11:50 am

Man what are the Broncos thinking drafting CRYING Tebow in the first round and trading the farm to get him.As for GT Anchorage, just remember last year, didn’t any one bloat on your blog then. Just go back to shoveling snow.

VegasGT

April 23rd, 2010
11:51 am

Anyone notice that the two should have traded ties?

All foolishness aside, good luck to these two young men that now have a chance to live their dream. May they do it to the best of their ability and retain their character in the process.

I Have Intelligence at Least

April 23rd, 2010
11:58 am

@GT…. huoweio;j You must be a UGA fan because just from your wall post I can tell your IQ level is well below a special ed 4 year old. How many UGA players got drafted in the first round?? Oh wait… None.. Baybay had 130 catching yards against UGA so to say he couldn’t catch is a dumb assessment. He did miss a key catch, but nonetheless you’re pretty stupid kid. On another note, I don’t know whether to ask you what white trash town you’re from, or what year did you graduate from UGA.

Jacket Backer

April 23rd, 2010
12:01 pm

Go Jackets!!!

Joshua Barlowe

April 23rd, 2010
12:01 pm

Congrats to Bay Bay and Derrick. Derrick is right, he slid but he’ll be on a much better team in Tennessee. And Nashville aint a bad place to live either. He could’ve ended up in far worse places. Good luck to Dwyer, Burnett and Cord Howard this weekend.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

April 23rd, 2010
12:08 pm

Yeah, I think Derrick will be very happy in Nashville playing for Coach Fischer, but Pierre and Graham should have never went before him.

congrats

April 23rd, 2010
12:13 pm

I was looking at footage of Derrick Morgan the past two years and was amazed at just how good he is, thank God Derrick your not playing for Chan or in the frozen tundra some where….also Derrick, you clean up well too (nice suit) yes I am a female..lol

athens outhouse institute of inbreds

April 23rd, 2010
12:16 pm

the dog poops need to remember you were preranked number one in 2008, cover of Sports Illustrated with Moreno and Stafford and still lost to GT 45-42 so shut the hell up….

Seriously???

April 23rd, 2010
12:19 pm

GT…. huoweio;j — your assement of a Thomas is from a single play?… Any team you cheer for should be embarrassed to have your endorsement.

POAD

April 23rd, 2010
12:31 pm

Derrick You will love Nashville.

POAD

April 23rd, 2010
12:35 pm

Jacksonville, Philly, or New York? I think you got a better Place In Nashville. New York would be a better team maybe but the Media there is brutal same with Philly. The Philly Fans are awful.

Tim Tebow's Tears

April 23rd, 2010
12:54 pm

This just in.. Another UGAg player arrested. This time it was in boys town

GTgal01

April 23rd, 2010
12:56 pm

I was disappointed with the comments from the ESPN talking heads when Bay-Bay was selected. First, they mispronounced his name and didn’t seem to have clue about his preferred nickname. More troubling, though, they really focused on how he was untested and had an incomplete knowledge and experience with routes because he came out of PJ’s offense. I’m worried about their negativity having a negative impact on our ability to recruit impressionable young WRs who watched the draft. It just seemed like they were hating on Bay-Bay and GT at time when they had focused on the positive aspects of ALL of the other draftees. It made no sense to me. ESPN sucks.

Bill

April 23rd, 2010
1:01 pm

Fire Paul Hewitt…

Thomas & Morgan are #1 Baby…where is UGA’s #1?

Delbert D.

April 23rd, 2010
1:02 pm

GTgal01 – And then Steve Young then called him “Aurelius Thomas.” That was a pretty bad bunch ESPN had there.

Delbert D.

April 23rd, 2010
1:05 pm

Nashville? Cowboy hat-wearing “singers” for entertainment? Yeah, Derrick will really dig that.

JD

April 23rd, 2010
1:19 pm

Aurelius Thomas is out of shape. The Clemson and Iowa game he was a non-factor due to conditioning. I am surprised he was drafted as high as he was. He might be “high” with Lil smokin’ Joe Hamilton.

Atlanta Gator

April 23rd, 2010
1:24 pm

In the period of 2000-2009 here are the comparisons of players drafted in the NFL from UGA and GT:

UGA – 55 players drafted, 11 in the first round
GT – 23 players drafted, 2 in the first round

While you GT fans are bragging that you had two players taken in the first round this year and UGA had zero, you still have a long way to go to catch up to UGA – not only in 1st round picks but players drafted into the NFL. Remember, it was just last year that they had the #1 and #12 picks in the draft, which are higher than what Morgan and Thomas went this year. And while the #1 and #12 picks couldn’t help beat you guys in 08, they did beat you in 06 and 07 (KM didn’t play as he was redshirted in 06). Your first round picks couldn’t help you beat a down UGA team this year and only once in their three years at GT. As much as I hate UGA I’m actually starting to hate GT more because of your pointless arguments you have with UGA people. Start winning more games and putting more players in the NFL and then start bragging. Until then you’re trumped in almost any argument you have with a UGA fan. If I’m not mistaken they’ve won 8 of 9 against you, and something like 60 games over all in the series compared to your 30 something.

@JD

April 23rd, 2010
1:26 pm

You are an idiot if you think you know more about the conditioning and upside of an athlete than NFL scouts that do this for a living. Thomas will do VERY well in the NFL.

Dan

April 23rd, 2010
1:27 pm

You don’t even have your facts right, Atlanta Gator.

@GT.... huoweio;j

April 23rd, 2010
1:28 pm

During the UGA-GT game, did you miss the first series of the second half when Thomas caught the ball, through UGA corner to the ground like a 3 year old, and then out ran the SEC speed all the way to the end zone. He dropped on ball…and anyone with any sense would not judge and player on one play.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

April 23rd, 2010
1:31 pm

Congrats to them both and much success. To rise up out of a program like Ga Tech to become a first round pick is simply amazing. Has Tech ever had two first round picks in a draft previously? Have they ever had a player taken in the first round? These guys must be something to see on the practice field because they sure didn’t show up at Bobby Dodd in November

POAD

April 23rd, 2010
1:31 pm

Dilbert Have you ever been to Nashville? It is not some Hick town like Athens.

Atlanta Gator

April 23rd, 2010
1:33 pm

Dan – are you serious? What facts do I not have right? One I didn’t have is that the all-time series is 60 to 39 with 5 ties. What else is wrong?

POAD

April 23rd, 2010
1:34 pm

Kam are tiy stupid? Calvin Johnson to the Lions #2 pick

Doug Roberson

April 23rd, 2010
1:38 pm

Getting back to the topic of the draft, ESPN draft dude Mel Kiper doesn’t have Dwyer going in the second round. Of course, he has just one RB being selected.

Atlanta Gator

April 23rd, 2010
1:39 pm

Dan – go to yahoo sports and type in a search for this “Inside the draft: where the players come from”. That will give you the numbers of GT players drafted the past decade. Let me see your facts because you’re the one who isn’t right.

4 ncs are better than 1

April 23rd, 2010
1:40 pm

GT has 27 in the NFL to Ugay’s 39. ALL THOSE TOP 10 UGAY RECRUITING CLASSES! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tech Rules

April 23rd, 2010
1:41 pm

UGA didn’t even have one player drafted in the 1st round ha ha. Go Jackets!

blue

April 23rd, 2010
1:41 pm

GT…. huoweio;j

Yeah…he dropped a VERY big pass against UGA. That means he can’t play. Kind of like when Chipper strikes out in a big situation. That means he can’t hit. Retard.

Lindsey SNOT

April 23rd, 2010
1:41 pm

Hey gaytor, we’re not talkin’ about 2000-2009. You SEcheat types just can’t get it right…by the way you and KD, and JD need to get back to the cash register now, the pickup window’s startin’ to back up.

Atlanta Gator

April 23rd, 2010
1:41 pm

secfactcheck.com

April 23rd, 2010
1:47 pm

Atlanta Gator… You are correct with your 2000-2009 stats. Interesting you didn’t go further back although I’m not sure results would have turned. I think the point of GA Tech fans is this. Practically each year UGA has all kinds of pre-season hype, understandably it is about money and filling seats and selling T-Shirts and hats. GA Tech on the other hand typically has to climb in the polls each year to get what they get. Example, the 1990 year Tech won the National Championship they started the season unranked. Name another school that has done that….

Starting the 2009 season D. Thomas was not the most heralded #8 WR in the state. There was a lot of well deserved publicity for the fellow in Athens. Thomas, like most Tech Teams, had to earn his spot in the sun despite many barriers such is not coming from a “high profile, TV ratings school” and coming from a run oriented offense. Thomas is a hard working, talented, good natured young man… Give him his due, he has earned it.

GooseDawg

April 23rd, 2010
1:49 pm

Atlanta Gator,
Your original post was spot-on, from a DAWG to a GATOR, thank you!

Anyways, congrats to Tech on having 2 1st rounders & good luck to Morgan & Thomas in the NFL when they aren’t playing the Falcons! I sure was hoping that D. Morgan would last til the 19th pick but not to be.

{{25 - 6}}

April 23rd, 2010
1:58 pm

congrats to Morgan and Thomas!! a wonderful recognition of their talent. best of luck in the NFL. we’ll miss your leadership next year, but look forward to watching you on Sunday’s

KD

April 23rd, 2010
1:59 pm

That’s right, he had one good play and one bad play, did we forget that, TECHIES

GTgal01

April 23rd, 2010
1:59 pm

@DR, Do you think the view that Dwyer is slow off the line and lacking fundamental “quickness” is hurting him? He always seemed more like a power runner (think steam engine) than a quick runner (think CJ Spiller). That could hurt him in the NFL where the game moves faster and his strength and size advantage in breaking blocks is just not as meaningful.

BuzztheKiller

April 23rd, 2010
2:01 pm

Whether its the Tech blog or the doggie blog, its ALL about Tech! Instead of discussing their own team the UGAers love to come on here and discuss Tech. Same thing over on junkieblagger.

Atlanta Gator

April 23rd, 2010
2:03 pm

secfactcheck.com – unfortunately UGA or any other team for that matter doesn’t have any control of where they’re ranked pre-season or the “hype” they have about the team for the following year. That’s something that you can’t get on UGA or any other school about. Did UGA put themselves #1 pre-season in 2008? No, Sports Illustrated did. Didn’t GT have a lot of pre-season hype this past year after the success you had in 2008? Do you not have pre-season hype this year after coming off of a BCS bowl game? See it’s all about where you finished last year and the players you have coming back and it’s hyped up by the news, magazines, etc. because it’s their job to hype teams up and sell magazines.

In terms of naming teams that had to climb up the list to get what they get, I can name a couple of teams – Auburn in 2004 started pre-sesaon near #20. Look at Boise State and TCU last year, they climbed all the way up to make it to BCS games.

macrotech

April 23rd, 2010
2:03 pm

Atlanta Gator, uf has had a nice little era of winning, lately. Props! IF you’ve been reading posts from both sides, I’m certain that you’d recognize the sensationalist from the reasonable AND that they abide on both sides of the discussion at hand. We’re not offended that you’d side with the dawgs….in fact; I’m willing to bet that there is not a single Tech fan losing a seconds sleep on the matter. In the end, both Tech and uga enjoy an overall winning percentage in regards to the gators. Hope you don’t get too confused in Jacksonville!

@ Atlanta Gator

April 23rd, 2010
2:12 pm

Why are you so concerned with GT?

secfactcheck.com

April 23rd, 2010
2:14 pm

Atlanta Gator… None you listed actually won the National Championship. “Hype” could be defined as where you started compared where you finished. UGA was preseason number and failed to live to that hype. Despite Tech beating UGA that year and having the bulk of their players returing while UGA lost two great performers to the first round draft, UGA was again preseason ranked above Tech. Both case Tech moved up, UGA fell down.