Darnell on the Bears Docket

The Bears seem to be tipping their hand that defensive tackle will be their first-round selection. However it could be a smokescreen that could lead to GM Jerry Angelo addressing the defensive line in round two. That's where FSU DT Darnell Dockett could come into play.

If the Bears go with something other than a defensive lineman with the 14th pick then the team will have to address the front four in the second-round.

At 6-3.5, 297 pounds Dockett has the prototypical size to play defensive tackle in Lovie Smith's defense. He completed 28 reps at 225 pounds and has a vertical leap of 31 inches. While his forty speed isn't impressive clocked between 4.98-5.03, he does have explosive step off the line of scrimmage that allows him to penetrate in the backfield.

His high motor has earned him a reputation for being a dirty player.

"You watch me and you know I play with a lot of energy," Dockett said. "I'm trying to beat the offensive lineman up. I'm out to hurt people because that's what they're trying to do to me. My job is to go out there and make somebody fold."

Dockett's 64 tackles behind the line of scrimmage shattered the previous school career-record of 44. He was a four-year starter at FSU and is coming off a sensational senior campaign when he posted 55 tackles, 17 for loss and 1.5 sacks. Junior totals were 57/7/2 after 68/22/0 as a sophomore. Started ten games as a freshman posting 66/19/7.

Dockett has the talent to be a first-round pick, but off the field problems may hurt his chances to go that high. He was suspended from the team for a short time after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge. Dockett has been projected to go anywhere from the Patriots at 21 or falling into the second-round.

"They say I'm selfish, I have bad character, but that's just a bunch of people trying to justify their jobs," Dockett said of his detractors. "I'm a great guy who doesn't put up with a lot of B.S."

In Dockett's defense for his edgy attitude, he lost both of his parents at an early age. He found his mother shot to death when he was in the seventh grade. The murder was never solved. Shortly after the death of his mother his father passed away. At that point his uncle, Kevin Dockett, adopted him.

"Teams ask why I work so hard and go the extra yard," Dockett said. "A lot of people, if they lose their parents, they go haywire. You never hear from them again. I learned that you really don't know what you've got until it's taken away from you. Some people have never been tested a day in their life. It took me a long time to get over it."

TFY Draft Preview Scouting Report
Positive:
Explosive defensive lineman who's stock has been soaring since September. Flashes great quickness off the snap, keeps his pads low and plays with leverage. Gets momentum going up the field yet has terrific range for a defensive lineman. Displays an array of moves and gets off blocks with solid hand technique. Fights hard, makes a lot of plays in the opponents backfield or down the line of scrimmage. Had a terrific week at the Senior Bowl where he was almost unstoppable.

Negative: Lacks the great bulk on the inside and engulfed by large blockers. Off the field concerns include previous arrests and problems with the coaching staff.

Analysis: A tremendously gifted defender with great upside for the next level, Dockett can be a one man show that impacts the game from the front four. May be finally turning the corner and beginning to mature both on and off the field.


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