Morgan Burnett (born January 13, 1989) is a rookie strong safety for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He attended Georgia Tech and was drafted in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft with the 71st overall pick. He will be replacing Atari Bigby as the starting strong safety as Bigby recovers from injury.
As a freshman, Burnett played in all 13 games and had one start. He subbed at safety and came in on the nickel package all season. Burnett led the team in interceptions (3) and ranked fifth on the team in tackles (57, 37 solo). He subsequently earned ACC All-Freshman team by Sporting News.
As a sophomore in 2008, Burnett started all 13 games for the Yellow Jackets. He recorded 93 tackles, of which 62 were solo. Burnett also had seven interceptions and returned them for 95 yards. In the season opener against Jacksonville State, he picked off two passes, returning one of them 47 yards. Later in the season, he picked off a Matthew Stafford pass and returned it 35 yards for his first career touchdown at Georgia. Burnett was named to a number of All-ACC and All-American teams, including Pro Football Weekly′s 2008 All-America first team.
On January 11, 2010, Burnett announced he would enter his name in the 2010 NFL Draft and forgo his senior season.
On April 23 2010, he was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers with the 71st overall pick.
Burnett started the season at strong safety when Atari Bigby was forced to recover from injury. Burnett had his first career interception when the Buffalo Bills visited Lambeau Field during Week 2, picking off Trent Edwards in a 34-7 route.
In Week 4 against the Detroit Lions, Burnett suffered a torn ACL and was lost for the season.