Insider Blog: NT Glenn Dorsey?

Posted Apr 17, 2010

From time-to-time Dorsey's name gets tied to the nose tackle position

It takes some memory, but way back on October 23rd we heard the first rumblings from someone inside Arrowhead about the possibility of DE Glenn Dorsey moving inside to a nose tackle position. At that time, Tank Tyler had just been traded to Carolina and the Chiefs were short-handed at the position.

“We’ve been giving reps to a couple of different guys that have nose tackle possibilities,” head coach Todd Haley said on that day. “I think a number of guys: Glenn Dorsey could play there if need be.”

That possibility never really materialized into anything permanent six months ago, and Dorsey certainly proved valuable at his defensive end position throughout the 2009 season. But six months later, with the draft quickly approaching and the Chiefs still weighing their options at the nose position, Dorsey’s name has come up once more.

“I think Glenn is a unique player,” general manager Scott Pioli said yesterday. “He has the physical skill and body type to play numerous positions. I think what we will do, like we do with a lot of other positions, is we are going to collect as many good players as we can and then the players themselves will sort out who are going to be the best ones on the field.”

A season ago, starter Ron Edwards saw his playing time increase dramatically with the trade of Tyler. Once Tyler exited Kansas City, Edwards went from a 15-25 play-per-game player, on average, to a player who typically saw over 50 defensive snaps in each contest the rest of the season. Regardless of how well Edwards graded out on film, that workload is likely higher than the coaching staff would like to see when it comes to a man the size of Edwards.

Kenny Smith was brought in to provide support to the situation, but that marriage was brief before it ultimately ended in divorce. Rookie Alex Magee helped out in certain situations and Derek Lokey was promoted from the practice squad late in the season as well, but the show typically consisted of a solo act belonging to Edwards.

The Chiefs then signed free agent Shaun Smith this off-season to generate more competition at the position.

With Dorsey, however, the Chiefs have an interesting situation due to his versatility. Dorsey was probably the strongest all-around performer on the defensive line last season and the Chiefs are going to find a place for him on the field regardless of how this year’s draft might play out.

“Like you do with the offensive lineman, you get the five best players on the field,” Pioli said. “Glenn can do a lot of different things.”

Moving Dorsey inside could be a serious discussion, or just off-season banter. Maybe it’s a little bit of both. It certainly wouldn’t be out of the question to see Dorsey take a handful of inside reps from week-to-week while others on the depth chart, such as Magee and Wallace Gilberry, filled out snaps at the end position.

If the Chiefs are going to explore a permanent position change with Dorsey, the question immediately becomes focused on who would take over his starting role at the defensive end position. Playing a what-if game in regards to playing time seems silly at this time of year, but it’s something that the Chiefs front office must consider should something unforeseen alter the course of sailing on draft day.

Like Dorsey in the 2008 NFL Draft, Pro Football Weekly recently published a scenario which saw a top defensive lineman fall further than expected to the Chiefs at number five. Their mock draft had Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh falling out of the top four and into the Chiefs lap at number five.

If a scenario such as that were to unfold on Thursday, the Chiefs would obviously consider their options with the possibilities in drafting a player the caliber of Suh. Dorsey’s ability to shift would also likely be a discussion point, as well as finances. A major consideration would be the financial obligations tied to the defensive line, with two top-five picks already part of the mix in Dorsey and Tyson Jackson.

“How much can you commit to a group or position, it’s absolutely something you have to take into account,” Pioli said. “Generally speaking, depending on the phase that your organization is in, there are different times where you say the philosophy we want to have from a model standpoint is that we want to put this amount into certain skill positions and this into non-skill positions or this into the offensive line.”

Who knows to what capacity KC’s brass is serious about playing Dorsey inside, but the simple fact that his name has popped up multiple times as a candidate makes the possibility not seem so far-fetched.

The option is yet another something to consider as draft day approaches and unfolds.

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