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NFL Draft 2008 – Round 1 #5 – Kansas City Chiefs – DT Glenn Dorsey

NFL Draft 2008 LogoWell, the Chiefs need a quarterback. But there’s nobody here worth taking at this pick. Do they trade down? Or go ahead and grab one of the two stud defensive linemen available? Or the next best offensive tackle? Decisions, decisions. . .

Glenn Dorsey, considered by many the best player in this draft class, is on the phone with somebody. Certainly, it would be a safe pick for the Chiefs. ESPN is reporting that the Saints are vying for a trade here.

The Chiefs pulled the trigger on Dorsey. That’s a great move unless the Saints were offering something ridiculous.

Scouts, Inc.: 2nd

(6’1″, 297, 5.099)

Strengths: A squatty defensive tackle prospect with a thick build and very good quickness. Anticipates the snap well, explodes out of his stance and generally will win one-on-one battles with his initial burst. He plays with a non-stop motor. Stays active, using swim and rip moves to get off of blocks when necessary. Displays good upper-body power and the ability to knock linemen back on their heels with initial pop. Does a fine job of locating the ball once he’s in the backfield and flashes good change-of-direction skills for his position. A powerful tackler when he can line up a hit. Also does a better job of taking on blocks in the run game than he gets credit for. He can be washed out by some bigger OL, but generally does a good job of staying low and holding his ground when asked to.

Weaknesses: Durability has become a major question mark in wake of combine medical examination (stress fracture in right tibia from 06). Is short and lacks ideal base to anchor versus bigger interior OL when teams run at him.

Overall: Dorsey appeared in 38 games (17 starts) in his first three seasons at LSU (2004-’06), recording 110 tackles (14.5 for losses) and six sacks. He started all 14 games as a senior last season (at left and right defensive tackle), finishing the season with 69 tackles (12.5 for losses), seven sacks, a forced fumble and four pass breakups. Dorsey was hobbled by a sore hamstring, a sore back and a right knee sprain (which required a bulky brace) in 2007, but he still played well enough to earn a first team All-America selection, the Nagurski Award, Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy, Lott Award and SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors. In 2006, he played much of the season despite a stress fracture in his right leg. He also suffered an ankle sprain and missed three games as a high school senior in 2003. Dorsey is a shorter, squatty, powerful and active defensive tackle with outstanding initial quickness and change-of-direction skills for his size. He fits best in a one-gap scheme, which allows him to penetrate and disrupt. However, he also shows some ability to stack at the line of scrimmage versus the run. While his sack production is not great, he generates lots of pressure despite always working against at least a double team  and that attention helps free up others for sacks. On talent alone, Dorsey is the top DT prospect in this class and belongs in the top-five picks. If he slips out of the top-five, it’s due to growing concerns regarding his long-term durability as a result of the stress fracture in his right tibia.

Rick Gosselin: #1

Mel Kiper #1

Disruptive force along the interior. If there is one nonskill position player fans should watch, it’s Dorsey. He always makes plays or opens up space for his teammates.

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