Q & A: With John Dorsey

John Dorsey, the Green Bay Packers director of college scouting, his staff and Packers coaches are meeting this week to narrow the list of players that they plan on selecting in the April 24-25 NFL Draft. Dorsey took time give packerreport.com his take on the draft and how the Packers prepare for the NFL's biggest off-season event.<p>

Since January, Green Bay coaches and scouts have been visiting college campuses or have been camped out in the film room and/or meeting rooms, to evaluate players that they feel are worthy of selecting with one of their eight picks. Green Bay begins the draft with the 25th overall selection, then has a pick in each round and two in the seventh.

Here's how Dorsey replied to questions regarding this year's draft:

On how he would rate this draft to others:

"There are always players to be had. There's got to be, therefore, where does the value lie? To me, the value lies in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth rounds of this draft. From a position standpoint, I think you have a lot of wide receivers. I think you have a lot of defensive linemen. I think you have a lot of corners (cornerbacks) and a lot of linebackers. From that perspective, I would say it's a good draft."

On why he feels the value players are in the middle rounds:

"Those are the guys from a (salary) cap perspective today that have to make your roster because the way the cap has been spelled out. You can't be wrong with those picks as well as be wrong with the first pick."

On the positions that are not so deep:

"Fullback, offensive center, safety and guards."

On how the Packers' scouting process :

"It begins to unfold right around the Super Bowl from a personnel standpoint when we sit together as a staff anywhere between 19 and 22 days. We meticulously go over from A to Z every position. By doing that, you've taken 1,500 guys and you narrow it down to 200 players. Now comes the second phase when the head coach, once he's had a chance to breath a little bit, will begin watching the players. We've tried to watch the quarterbacks before the (NFL) Combine, then after the Combine, the coach (Mike Sherman) will sit down until he knows every player on that board. That's a wonderful tribute to him because most guys won't take the time to do that, but he takes it very seriously. I marvel at his ability to work because he knows every player on that board. He knows every player from the first round to the free agents as we have it on our board.

"He has watched at least three films on at least 150 players. He leaves no stone unturned, which is good, because he drives us, too."

On if Sherman goes on personal visits:

"I narrow the list down to players who I think are very intriguing prospects for him to see. He actually has gone on a few more trips this year. He actually I would say saw 10 prospects this year where last year he may have only seen six. The very first visit I sent him on last year was our first round pick (Nick Barnett). I truly think it is very important that the head coach have a face-to-face meeting with those players."

On how many players he visits in person before the draft:

"What I've always tried to do is look at the top 150 players in the country. During the time I'm looking at the top 150 players, you cross over to other players as well, so you see from 150 to 400 players when it is all said and done."

On if the Packers' strategy changes between now and the draft:

"It always changes. It changes on draft day. You have to be prepared for those changes. You have a wish list of guys you think you would like to have, but that changes on any given moment. You have to be prepared for that. Looking from the seventh round up, these are the ‘X' amount of numbers that we have from this round in this draft to the very top. We all have to be in agreement that we will be happy to have any one of these players in the total of our draft picks. So, will we be happy with eight players we get off this board? Of course, we will be because we tend to evaluate for the Green Bay Packers and not for the National Football League if we tend to go with our needs, which I think is the way to do it. Therefore, our standards may be a little higher than other people's standards and a little different.

"We'll sit down as a staff (this week) and make some adjustments. We'll sit down with the coaches and listen to what they have to say, then everything is pretty much said and done. On draft day, with proper preparation between January and now, you don't have to get all worked up and make emotional decisions. You'll be able to make decisions based on fact and logic. You try to step away from emotional decisions, you might make mistakes."

On who he feels is the best player in the draft:

"Robert Gallery (of Iowa). He can be an automatic starter on the left side, which is very hard to do in the National Football League today. I think he can play for many, many years and I think he has the intestinal fortitude to be great. He is not going to be satisfied with just being there. He wants to be great."


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