Chiefs Have Georgia Stand Out on Their Minds

Had he come out as a junior, he may very well have been a first round selection. But this defensive lineman decided to come back for his senior year to "grow up", calling it the best decision of his adult life. The Kansas City Chiefs are so impressed with the Georgia Senior that he could be moving to the top of their draft board.

Playing in the SEC, David Pollack has seen his share of excitement. He has seen the rowdiness associated with the gridiron. The Georgia fanatics packed the stadium and had a lot to cheer about, particularly when Pollack was lining up on defense and getting into the opposition's backfield.

"I'm quick off the ball, which really helps," he said. "Whoever gets the edge usually has a big advantage. I'm going to play with everything I've got, rush the passer, and play the run. I can do a lot of things."

When he was moved to defensive end as a sophomore in 2002, Pollack turned on the jets. That year he tallied 14 sacks (a new school record) and 23.5 tackles for a loss - in his first year of extended playing time.

Two years later, he leaves the Georgia program as one of the best ever. One of only two Georgia players to ever be named to first-team All-American three times (Herschel Walker), Pollack decimated the school sack record with 36 (29, Richard Tardits).

Pollack also won the 2004 Rotary Lombardi Award (nation's outstanding lineman), 2004 Chuck Bednarik Award (nation's outstanding defensive player), 2004 Ronnie Lott Trophy (defensive IMPACT Player of the Year), and the 2003 and 2004 Ted Hendricks Award (nation's outstanding defensive end). He was also a finalist for the 2002 and 2004 Bronko Nagurski Award.

Pollack was named the SEC's Defensive Player of the Year in both 2002 and 2004 by the Associated Press and the SEC Coaches. He was the Associated Press Player of the Year in '02.

During his career he also started 45 consecutive games and was named the MVP of the 2005 Outback Bowl after recording three QB sacks, three tackles-for-loss, one forced fumble, one recovered fumble, and one deflected pass.

It was never about the awards or the hardware.

"I don't care how many awards you win," said Pollack. "It doesn't make you better than anyone else."

Rather than the focus on awards, Pollack wanted wins. He was a quintessential leader that practiced as hard as he played and that is what is attracting so many NFL teams who have rated him as one of the top defensive players in the draft.

Pollack combines strength and the rare ability to detect the ball making its swift ascension to the quarterback when it is hiked. That crucial first step, Pollard has down to a science.

The knock on him, however, is his size but Pollack is trying to change that stigma.

"I've been sleeping upside down," Pollard joked. "It's not working. One thing I'm proud of. I can't control how tall I am, but I can control what I do. If the [question] is going to be about my height, I'll be pretty successful."

The only other question is how many people are looking at him to play linebacker.

"A lot of teams are going to the 3-4. I'm a versatile guy. You want a guy to play numerous positions. I can play wherever; linebacker or defensive End. I switched positions three times at Georgia. I came in as a fullback, people got hurt, and I was switched to defensive tackle my freshman year (weighed 255 at the time). I moved to defensive end my sophomore year," said Pollack.

The list of NFL teams in the hunt for the talented Bulldog continues to grow on a daily basis. As many as fifteen teams are in agreement that Pollack is a special player and he's quickly becoming one of the most talked about defensive players in the draft.

Count the Chiefs as one of them. In fact, they are so impressed with Pollack; he could be at the top of their draft board come April 23rd. If he's available at #15, the Chiefs could select the Georgia standout to upgrade the defense.

Kansas City has not had a versatile pass rushing defensive end/linebacker since the late Derrick Thomas. Pollack's versatility could give defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham one more option on defense. NFL Expert Denis Savage contributed to this report. Top Stories