Draft Day Target: OT Nat Dorsey

The Cowboys have let it be well known that they intend to acquire more talent on the offensive line in the upcoming NFL Draft. Who are the targets and where are they looking? We've got some info on Georgia Tech's Nat Dorsey, a player that was scouted by Cowboys' officials extensively at the NFL Combine last month.

OT Nat Dorsey
6-5, 322
Georgia Tech
Projected Draft Position: Second/Third Round

The Cowboys need help on the offensive line, and certainly that fact has been well established since the end of the 2003 season.

Going back to last year, the right side of the line was a huge disappointment with second year man Andre Gurode and veteran Ryan Young at guard and tackle.

It didn't take the Cowboys long to release the injury prone Young this offseason, and it almost goes without saying that Gurode doesn't appear to be a long-term answer.

In addition, when you consider that no significant moves have been made to bolster what is clearly the one area of the team that needs the most improvement, it leaves you at one conclusion:

The upcoming NFL Draft will truly be the way for the Cowboys to increase their overall talent level up front in 2004.

One of the main players that figures to be in the mix is Georgia Tech's Nat Dorsey.

Projected as a tackle in the NFL, Dorsey jumped into the national spotlight as a true freshman three years ago when he stoned North Carolina's Julius Peppers in a Thursday night game, holding the future NFL defensive rookie of the year to just two tackles and no sacks.

"He's a big, athletic blocker that does not give up an inch to defenders," notes NFL Draft Expert Tony Pauline. "He's quick with his hands, fights hard with them and strong at the point of attack. He bends his knees, stays square and plays with leverage."

Though he played at 336 pounds during his career in Atlanta, Dorsey has been working hard to increase his strength while lowering his weight. He's been able to do both, getting his weight down to 322 pounds.

In addition to helping his strength, he believes the weight loss will help him get faster for the pro game.

"I think I need to get out of my stance a little quicker," Dorsey said of what he needs to work on. "My first step. Just getting back a little quicker off the ball.

"I've been working on my body, first and foremost and training my upper body. I have a lot of power, but it's the little things like the bench press. That's what I'm focusing on."

Bill Parcells likes big men up front, and Dorsey fits the bill at a legitimate 6-feet-5 inches tall and weighing in at well over 320 pounds.

Dorsey also talked extensively with Cowboys officials at the NFL Combine last month, not to mention Arizona, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland.

Current projections have him listed as a likely candidate to be drafted in either the second or third round.

* A special thanks goes to Dale Lolley & Dennis Savage for their contributions to this report.

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