Pick by NY Landing Strip
With the sixth overall selection in the 2008 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft, the New York Jets select Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU. Mack Rosenberg, head blogger at SB Nation's Jets blog, NY Landing Strip, was pleased to see Dorsey available and expresses his glee at being able to select him:
Well, basically it was a matter of who was left. I knew I wasn't taking any offensive players, and Silver and Black Pride made it that much easier for me NOT to take McFadden, which if you read NY Landing Strip, you'll know I am very against the idea of taking him. Dorsey is huge, he has the versatility on the line that we need, and with the rumors about Dewayne Robertson talking with the Broncos again about a possible trade to Denver, there's no reason why Dorsey can't be his replacement.
The guy is an absolute monster on the line, and I figure to see him along with Kris Jenkins and Shaun Ellis making the big hits for us. Aside from his talents, Dorsey was obviously the best player available, as most people have him going in the top three somewhere. Although I'll be honest with you, with the two Longs draft stock soaring over the last couple of months or so, Dorsey has somewhat fallen. I think he would be the perfect compliment to a much improved defense that has all but a young presence on the line.
Matt Miller, host of this site as well as owner of New Era Scouting, provides his analysis below:
One thing that I have learned from my time working with and for NFL teams is that you draft for your scheme. With that in mind, where does Glenn Dorsey play in a 3-4? He has no experience as nose tackle, and is not built to be an end in this defense. The Jets are building a defense based on the Patriots 34, in knowing this, who does Dorsey compare to? He's not the tall, thick end that Richard Seymour and Ty Warren are. He's no Vince Wilfork either.
Glenn Dorsey is a three-technique tackle, at best when he's splitting a double team and man-handling guards. Putting him over the center is wasting his talent, and it's asking him to be a run-stopper when he is not. Dorsey is a penetrator, not a hole plugger. The up-side to this pick is that Dorsey is one hell of a player. He may not be conventional, but it is hard to ignore his overall talent.
The Jets ignored what is clearly their biggest need, a cornerback. With every one of the top cornerbacks on the board, New York is looking past an apparent need to grab a name player.
:: Glenn Dorsey Scouting Report - New Era Scouting :: Matt Miller's Top Five Prospects Remaining - 1. QB Matt Ryan, 2. CB Leodis McKelvin, 3. OT Ryan Clady, 4. LB Keith Rivers, 5. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
And with that, we come to one of the more intriguing teams picking in the top ten - the New England Patriots. SB Nation is currently out a Pats blogger, as Tommasse, who headed up Pats Pulpit for a number of years, has decided to "retire" from blogging duties. We wish him the best; in his stead, the fine community that he has meticulously built over the years are working on making a community selection for the Patriots, with some input from SB Nation's AFC East bloggers. So, Pats Pulpit - you're now officially on the clock.