Saints Pro Day Rumblings: March 31

In this edition of "Pro Day Rumblings" Saintsinsider.com breaks down the word on two of the top players in this draft, LSU's Glenn Dorsey and Early Doucet, along with former Clemson star Airese Currie and Pittsburgh tackle Jeff Otah.

In case you believe that LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey's injury issues could cause him to slide into the back end of the NFL Draft's first round, think again. Don't take my word for it. Our Scout.com NFL personnel guru, Tom Marino, had this to say about Dorsey after his pro day last week:

"Measuring 6-foot-1, 3/4 inches and weighing in at 297 pounds, Dorsey looked extremely good physically and appeared to be at least 8 to 10 pounds lighter than his 2007 playing weight. Although his vertical jump of 25 1/2 inches and long jump best of 8-foot-4 were unremarkable, he was extremely explosive in his hands and hips, converts speed to power and worked out exactly like he played the past three seasons — all out, all of the time.

Former Bengals DT and current Chiefs defensive line coach Tim Krumrie was the first coach to work Dorsey individually and had to be impressed with the way he competed in the grueling hand slap drill, a five to six minute drill which has over the years reduced many highly-rated defensive linemen to tears.

Draft prognosticators everywhere, listen up. Glenn Dorsey, if he is not selected by the Dolphins with the first selection, is a slam-dunk second-selection in the draft. My former employer, the Rams, have to be salivating today with the thought of lining up the next 10 to 12 seasons with Dorsey at either a nose or at a three-technique."

That doesn't bode well for the Saints, who would love to see Dorsey fall to No. 10 so they can address their needs at defensive tackle.

Meanwhile, Marino compared LSU receiver Early Doucet to a current NFL player:

"With 40 times of 4.57, 4.60, and 4.66, Early Doucet is certainly not going to run away from too many defenders at the professional level, but I truly believe he is going to be an outstanding football player at the next level. I can't tell you how much he reminds me of Arizona Cardinal standout Anquan Boldin in stature, speed and skills."

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis also talked about Doucet with thenews-star.com. "We like him as a player," New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said. "We like the fact that — one thing about these LSU guys — they're accustomed to winning. We like that obviously."

Doucet will likely be available in the second round.

A DOSE OF CURRIE: The New Orleans Saints were among the teams soaking in South Carolina State's Pro Day last week, according to the timesanddemocrat.com.

Airese Currie struggled with injuries in his first two NFL seasons and the former Clemson star tried to use the Pro Day to get a team interested in him, including the Saints.

Unfortunately for Currie, he had no takers.

"He (a scout) said they knew I could run, they knew I could run routes and they knew I could catch," he said. "The one question is my health."

Currie has fought a plethora of injuries since he entered the NFL in 2006, spending most of his time with the Chicago Bears. He did say that several teams that were not at the pro day have expressed an interest.

OTAH'S STOCK: The Saints were one of the teams disappointed that Pittsburgh tackle Jeff Otah did not work out at his Pro Day last week.

Otah sat it out with a sore ankle and will work out privately on April 9.

The Saints busied themselves by watching the other Panthers in attendance.

The Saints are unlikely to use their first-round pick on Otah, who is expected to be gone the first day.


Matthew Postins is the publisher of saintsinsider.com. He is an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers Association.


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