The race is on and the prize is one of the two most dominant defensive tackles to come out of college football since Big Daddy Dan Wilkinson or...well, Glenn Dorsey. Of course I am referring to Nebraska phenom Ndamukong Suh and Oklahoma standout Gerald McCoy. Both young men are loaded with the skill, talent and all the intangibles necessary to succeed in the NFL.
But, let's get back to this whole Glenn Dorsey thing. Dorsey was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs as the fifth overall draft pick out of LSU in 2008. At the time he was what Suh and McCoy are right now...the greatest defensive line prospect in recent NFL history. His accolades, in college, were as follows
Dorsey was a can't miss prospect right? Right? It seemed so. Fans in KC were ecstatic to have this monster as the anchor for their defensive line for years to come. In two full seasons he has amassed 100 tackles and two sacks playing from both the tackle and defensive end positions. Not exactly setting the world on fire. Dorsey is more well suited to play in a 4-3 defense like the one he was drafted into. Todd Hsaley's Chiefs have adopted the 3-4 for which Dorsey is not as well suited.
I may have an amicable solution to the supposed Dorsey issue. Ship him to the Lions. Swap the second overall to the Chiefs for the fifth overall, Dorsey and maybe a late pick or two. This reduces contract strain on the team, allows KC to get either Okung or Suh and the Lions can still draft the best available player at a position of need; Eric Berry, Joe Haen, C.J. Spiller, etc.
Dorsey, when reunited with his old Defensive Coordinator and the 4-3 defensive scheme, just may come into his own. Even if he does not he would be a more than competent starter on the Lions defensive line for years to come. The risk is no less with Suh or McCoy and this allows Detroit to not have to worry about drafting DT in the early rounds and the ridiculous contract that accompanies a second overall draft choice. Rather, they can focus on RB and defensive backs, their true positions of need.