Draft Analysis: Glenn Dorsey, DT, Louisiana State Tigers

by Herija C. Green on March 28, 2008 @ 03:58:47 PDT

 


After being little more than a rotational player during his first two years at Louisiana State University (LSU), defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey emerged as a force during his junior campaign with 64 tackles (8.5 for a loss) and three sacks for the Tigers. His strong play earned him a spot on the Associated Press' (AP) All-American first team and put him near the top of a lot of watch lists when he decided to return to LSU for the 2007 season.

Dorsey's fortunes couldn't have been much better as a senior. He not only raked in the individual accolades but also helped lead LSU to the National Championship. Dorsey finished the year with 69 tackles (12.5 for a loss) and a career-high seven sacks while being named the Southeastern Conference's (SEC) Defensive Player of the Year Award. He was the first player in school history to win the Nagurski (awarded to the best collegiate defensive player) and Lombardi (given to the best college football lineman or linebacker) Awards, along with the Outland (awarded to college football's best interior lineman) and Lott (recognizing both personal character and athletic excellence) Trophies. Dorsey was also named a consensus First-Team All-American and is now primed to enter the NFL as one of the most highly-regarded prospects in this year's draft.

Positives

Dorsey has raw power and excels at getting off quickly at the line of scrimmage. That initial burst allows him to bring pressure up the middle and makes him difficult to block one-on-one. Once in the backfield, he displays the ability to locate the ball and redirect quickly to bring down opposing backs. He has good speed in short bursts and is a willing pursuer from the backside.

A tough player and a hard worker, Dorsey demonstrated during his collegiate career that he was willing to play through injuries; he's a leader by example. He has outstanding stamina and keeps his motor up when he's on the field.

He generally holds up well against double-teams and possesses a nice spin move when trying to disengage. His long arms help keep prospective blockers at bay and are also instrumental in his ability to drag down opponents from behind. Dorsey takes well to coaching and should only improve with more experience.

Dorsey, who didn't go through drills at the NFL combine due to the death of his grandmother, had a successful showing during LSU's Pro Day. The New York Times also put to rest the whispers that Dorsey had undergone knee surgery to fix a mysterious knee injury. This led to many prognosticators to plug him back into their top five after the injury concerns originally had scouts and coaches concerned.

Negatives

Weighing in at less than 300 pounds at the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine, Dorsey lacks the ideal bulk of an interior lineman in the NFL. He needs to improve his base as teams at the collegiate level had some success at running right at him and washing him out of the play. He is more of a one-gap player and could be a less than ideal fit for those teams operating out of the 3-4 defense.

Speed is another concern when it comes to longer distances. He struggles in pursuit when plays stretch to the outside.

A slight leg fracture in 2006 didn't hinder Dorsey, as he played through the injury, but significant concern remains amongst evaluators.

Expected Draft Placement

There are some that feel Dorsey is best served as a complimentary player and that his dominant performance was more a byproduct of LSU's gang-tackling approach rather than incredible individual skill. Despite that, and an apparently unfounded report that he underwent a secret arthroscopic knee surgery last fall, Dorsey still projects as one of first five players off the board in the 2008 NFL Draft. The Miami Dolphins are a long shot given their plan to play the 3-4 defense, but the St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders are all potential landing points for the two-time All-American. If he somehow got past all four teams, look for the Kansas City Chiefs to pounce of him with the fifth overall selection.

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