There are some rumblings on the net about another big trade between Atlanta and KC involving KC's Glenn Dorsey. For those of you who don't remember, Dorsey is the behemoth DT out of LSU who KC took with the 5th pick in last years draft.
The rumors say the trade is Atlanta's 1st round pick (24) and their 3rd round (90) while KC would be on the hook for the rest of Dorsey's guarantee (18 million).
Dorsey is the perfect specimen for DT in the 4-3 defense, however there are concerns about his footwork and his size in a 3-4 scheme. The thinking is he's too light to play the nose, and not nimble or fast enough to play the end in a 3-4 where DE's often are expected to drop into coverage on RB's and TE's.
While I'm no expert, I do remember these issues being raised before last years draft by a number of so-called 'expert' talking heads on TV.
I think it might be a good evaluation of Dorsey's skill set.
What I do know is this; Scott Pioli has a much better track record evaluating talent in all areas of the game than the folks we had making the decisions last year in KC.
If you want a good CB or Safety, then Herm is the guy to listen to. After that...well...let's be polite and say 'seek other council.'
So, if Pioli is already pretty convinced Dorsey's a square peg in a round hole - i.e. not well suited to playing either DT or DE in the 3-4, then the question of Dorsey's value changes.
It's not about the value Dorsey had in last years draft.
It's about his REAL value to KC now.
This being the case, Pioli may well decide a late 1st and a 3rd is the smartest move he can make with Dorsey.
Trading Dorsey for a 1st and a 3rd opens up a whole lot of other doors currently closed to KC. Those picks can become other players, or they can be fodder for other deals.
A late 1st takes the pressure off a possible trading involving the #3 pick because it would mean KC doesn't have to get all the value out of trading the #3 in this year's draft. It allows Pioli to take picks now and/or later.
Remember, KC still doesn't have a second round pick in this years draft. A late first rounder is a better substitute. I do not see Pioli going from number three to number 67 without another pick if they can possibly get out of it.
Maybe they can get Atlanta to up the deal to this years first and second (55) round picks? They managed to get them to up the deal for Tony Gonzalez from a 3rd to a second.
Even if Atlanta does give up it's 1st and 2nd for Dorsey, it makes them huge winner's in this years draft AND next years. They end up with a HOF TE who is now talking about playing another 4-5 years for a 2nd round pick in next years draft, as well as a lights out run stuffer to plug into their 4-3 defensive scheme.
Glenn Dorsey is the missing piece in Atlanta's defense and he is going to be an All-Pro DT barring significant injuries. This is a great deal for Atlanta even if they have to give up the 2nd instead of the 3rd.
Best of all? KC gets Mr. Wizard using those picks to conjure up the missing pieces the KC Chiefs require to become competitive in this their 50th Anniversary year.
Watching Pioli wave his wand and chant over the cauldron of the NFL's nether regions is going to be quite a show. Stay tuned my friends!