Signing Day is big every year, but Feb. 3, 2010, won’t have nearly as much to do with the state of the Yellow Jackets next season as what happens in January. Because four juniors have decisions to make, and what they decide will in large measure to determine if Georgia Tech is again a Top 10 team next season.
That in mind, here’s a rundown of the four, with the accompanying Bradley Best Guess — which isn’t to be confused, as we know, with a good guess — as to what they’ll choose:
Morgan Burnett, safety: Rates No. 2 to Tennessee’s Eric Berry on Mel Kiper Jr.’s ESPN.com Insiders list of junior safeties. (Link requires registration.) Doesn’t crack Scouts Inc.’s list of top 100 prospects. (Link also requires registration.) Didn’t have a very good season — nobody except Derrick Morgan among Tech defenders did — and would surely benefit from another year on campus. Bradley’s Best Guess: He stays.
Jonathan Dwyer, B-back: Rates No. 3 on Kiper’s list of junior running backs and No. 30 among Scouts Inc.’s top 100. Is slated to go 29th in Round 1 to the Chargers according to Todd McShay’s first mock draft on ESPN.com’s Insiders. (Link requires registration.) Rule of thumb: If you project as a first-round pick, you leave. Bradley’s Best Guess: He goes.
Derrick Morgan, defensive end: Rates No. 1 among junior DE’s per Kiper and is No. 8 overall on Mel’s Big Board. (Link requires registration.) Goes No. 3 to Cleveland in McShay’s first mock draft. Bradley’s Best Guess: Not even a guess — he’s gone with the wind.
Demaryius Thomas, wide receiver: The toughest call among the junior Jackets. Said after the ACC championship game he’s staying, for what that’s worth. Rates No. 4 on Kiper’s list of junior wideouts. Ranks No. 50 among Scouts Inc.’s top 50, which would put him in the middle of Round 2, which is where a lot of pro teams prefer to draft receivers. Might move up with a big senior season but there’s no guarantee he’d move into Round 1. Flip a coin, Bay Bay. Bradley’s Best Guess: Coin comes up heads; he leaves.