Busted! Derrick Morgan's Arrest Another Bad Precedent from 2010 NFL Draft Class

Old AccountSenior Writer IJune 18, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Derrick Morgan from the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they hold up a Tennessee Titans jersey after the Titans selected Morgan number 16 overall during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Another one bites the dust in the 2010 NFL Draft class.

First, Golden Tate was caught stealing from Top Pot Doughnuts in Bellevue, WA.

Now, first-round pick Derrick Morgan is facing trouble in Georgia of all places (Big Ben still seems fresh in our minds).

According to reports, most specifically from NFL FanHouse and Pro Football Talk, Morgan was caught speeding at 91 mph in a 70 mph zone and driving with a suspended license. Morgan was detained for three hours and then released on bond. He has a court case in late July.

Oh well, I guess it isn't a big deal. After all, this is a minor issue that the NFL sees.

Wrong! It's bad for the NFL, and it's a bad start for this year's class.

Hyped as one of the deepest draft classes within the last 20 years, we have had two cases where rookies weren't using common sense.

I'm tired of giving these guys the benefit of the doubt. Sure, maybe Tate and Morgan learned their lessons and will never be in trouble with the law again. However, that shouldn't give them a free pass. Maybe these guys aren't the most intelligent human beings you'll meet, but there is a problem if neither have common sense.

It may also be a situation where the typical rookie thinks they are invisible and can avoid trouble by paying their way out of life situations. However, neither of these men has signed a rookie deal yet. Let's hope when that happens, they are careful with their money and spend it wisely.

Yes, maybe I can be criticized for never being in their position. But the NFL is a sport being taken for granted. Just because you are very gifted does not make you better than any other man or woman.

Football is a privilege, and because your career can end at any time, you can never take anything for granted.

Hopefully, this isn't the continuation of a trend for today's young stars of the NFL. But if Golden Tate or Derrick Morgan can learn from this, they can be on their way to setting an example for the future of this business.

Matt Miselis is an NFL Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com.

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