Should Kansas City Chiefs DT Glenn Dorsey Be Considered a Bust?

Jordan LanningCorrespondent IFebruary 19, 2009

Last April in the NFL draft the Kansas City Chiefs were lucky enough to draft Glenn Dorsey, the defensive tackle from LSU. The Chiefs had the best draft grade in the NFL, mostly because of Dorsey.

Dorsey was ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the draft according to

His scouting report was, "Shows excellent initial get-off quickness with the ability to push and collapse the pocket. Also shows excellent gap quickness. Plays on his feet (gets over trash well). Has excellent playing range. Good instincts and ability to locate the football."

But so far Chiefs fans have not seen his full ability. He recorded 46 total tackles, with one sack, and one forced fumbles.

But before we call him a bust or an underachiever lets look at some of the best current defensive tackles in their rookie seasons.

Albert Haynesworth In 16 games the Pro-Bowler only mustered 30 total tackles, with one sack, and no forced fumbles in his rookie season.

Kris Jenkins is also a Pro-Bowler, and in his rookie campaign he had 34 tackles, with two sacks, and no forced fumbles in 16 games played.

The next 2009 Pro-Bowler is Kevin Williams. Williams had a great rookie season, he posted 10.5 sacks, 51 tackles, in 16 games.

Tommie Harris the run stopper for the Chicago Bears had 43 tackles, three and a half sacks, and one forced fumble.

Jamal Williams of the San Diego Chargers had only six tackles in nine games with no sacks or forced fumbles.

Pro-Bowl defensive tackle Jay Ratliff of the Dallas Cowboys had four tackles in four games, with one sack. In his first full year he had 18 tackles, four sacks, and one forced fumble.

Marcus Stroud of the Buffalo Bills had 25 total tackles no sacks or forced fumbles in 15 games in his rookie season.

Vince Wilfork of the New England Patriots had 42 tackles two sacks and no forced fumbles in 16 games his rookie season.

Pat Williams of the Vikings posted 12 tackles, with three and a half sacks, in 13 games.

Richard Seymour of the Patriots had 44 tackles with three sacks in 13 games played.

So with all of those stats there is only one defensive tackle that had significantly better stats, Kevin Williams.

Out of these 12 D-tackles (including Dorsey) Dorsey had arguably the fifth best rookie season.

Dorsey improved steadily this season for the Chiefs. He is undersized for the 3-4 defense Pioli wants to put in, but that is another article for another day.

All will assume Dorsey will continue to improve this next year, and possibly could become as good as anyone of these defensive tackles listed.

Many people, including me thought that Dorsey would have a better rookie season. Dorsey will still be able to live up to expectations, and with maybe a few more players to help him out, it could happen as soon as this next year.