Best DE? Trickett likes Pierre-Paul over Morgan
It's been one of those water-cooler NFL draft questions of late, an undercard to the Suh vs. McCoy debates that will continue forever: Who's the best defensive end in this year's draft -- USF's Jason Pierre-Paul or Georgia Tech's Derrick Morgan?
I was able to talk Wednesday with a coach who went up against both this season -- FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett, who we gave credit to as being the first person to identify JPP as a first-rounder, clear back in September. I asked Trickett which was the better end, and he said it's Pierre-Paul.
"The guy is a little more complicated to stop, because he's taller," Trickett said. "He's got those real long arms, and he's got a lot of athletic ability. He plays hard, too. I think he would have been the top end in our conference. He could have played in the SEC, ACC, it wouldn't have mattered."
It's not like Morgan didn't have a good game against FSU -- Georgia Tech also won in Tallahassee, albeit a 49-44 shootout. Morgan had five tackles in that game, including a sack as part of two tackles for loss. He also had four tackles and a fumble recovery in a win against FSU in 2008.
Asked about his first-round foresight on Pierre-Paul, Trickett said "I could tell that in warmups," saying that as big as Pierre-Paul is now at 6-5, 270 pounds, he could see him adding another 15 pounds once he's eating, training and working out under NFL supervision.