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Interesting take on Suh vs. Dorsey

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  • Interesting take on Suh vs. Dorsey

    I know some in the past have argued against Suh because LSU's Glenn Dorsey hasn't had the type of impact many expected him (ignoring the fact that he's playing out of position in a 3-4 scheme).

    So I figured this might be worth a read when considering that argument...

    From Grant in Pierre, S.D.: Do you think it's weird that Bo Pelini coached Glenn Dorsey with the LSU Tigers -- and Dorsey hasn't been elite in the NFL yet? Maybe Suh will have the same issue?

    The NFL personnel guys won't make that leap; I'd doubt it. You have two very different players who came from different leagues, and there are too many variables that separate the two. That said, I thought Dorsey was going to have a much bigger impact than he's had thus far in the NFL, but it's still early. I asked my pal Daniel Jeremiah, a former NFL scout and the creator of the site MovetheSticks for his thoughts on the Pelini connection and how the NFL personnel world might view it. Here's what he said to me:

    "First of all, NFL teams don't put any stock into the Pelini argument. Everyone used to say the same thing about Jeff Tedford's quarterbacks. Now we have Aaron Rodgers as one of the best QBs in the league. Everyone used to say the same thing about Florida WRs. Now Percy Harvin is one of the best playmakers in football and Louis Murphy had a solid rookie year. Each player is different and is evaluated on their own ability. There are several distinct differences between Dorsey and Suh, including --

    Body types: Totally different builds. Suh is a big, square body with minimal body fat. Dorsey is under 6-foot-2, fleshy and a little narrow for a DT.

    Durability: Several NFL teams had major concerns with Dorsey's leg. His lack of conditioning was also a concern.

    Versatility: Suh can play multiple spots in either the 3-4 or the 4-3. Dorsey is better suited as a 4-3 DT. He lacks the power of Suh to consistently 2-gap on run downs.

    Raw Power: Suh has incredible strength in his lower half and in his hands. Dorsey relied more on his initial quickness and technique.

    There aren't sure things when it comes to the draft but I feel as comfortable with Suh as I have with any player to come out in the last 5 years.
    Courtesy of ESPN's Bruce Feldman.

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    Re: Interesting take on Suh vs. Dorsey

    that is interesting thanks for the great find. I remember 3 years ago that people were pushing Dorsey for Heisman and saying that he was a sure and going to be the next Warren Sapp. Funny how things have changed. I can only hope if/when Suh is drafted that he has 10x the impact Dorsey had