The long awaited LSU Pro Day workout took place in Baton Rouge on Tuesday with well over a hundred NFL coaches, scouts, and GMs in attendance. The main focus of their attention was without question the long awaited first workout of defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and a second look at wide receiver Early Doucet. Although both were extremely impressive, the star of the day may well have been a running back who gained only a handful of yards for the Tigers during his career and was not an active member of the squad in 2007, Steve Korte.
Measuring 6'1 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 ½" and long jump best of 8' 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 ten to twelve seasons with Dorsey at either a nose or at a three-technique.
Glenn Dorsey celebrates a stop in the AllState BCS National Championship..
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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 both in stature, speed and skills.
Jonathan Zenon, Chevis Jackson, and safety Craig Steltz are all skilled, experienced defenders on the back end who know how to play the game, but none have the top speed to match up consistently with the racehorses currently performing in the league.
Ali Highsmith, Jacob Hester and quarterback Matt Flynn are all solid individuals and good overall players, but in my opinion are at best rank-and-file players at the next level.
Steve Korte (featured in the 2008 scout.com draft guide as a "Ruby Prospect") is the son of a former University of Arkansas All-American (OC / OG). Korte was a standout Louisiana prep running back who, after being injured as a freshman (right knee ACL repair), played sparingly over the next two seasons and was suspended in '07 after being charged with plagiarizing a term paper in '06.
All the 233-pound Korte did on the indoor turf track in front of a surprised audience was run the forty in 4.37 and 4.39 seconds respectively! One veteran scout actually told me last night that on his two runs, he actually clocked this explosive big man in 4.33 and 4.35 seconds, but was hesitant about recording the times. In the pass-catching drills which followed, Korte made two to three outstanding catches down the field and adjusted to balls both on and off his body extremely well.
I've known his dad (Steve Sr.) for many years and put a call in to him late Wednesday evening to confirm the results and was told that although he ran, caught the ball well and long jumped 10' 1" both he and his son were somewhat disappointed by the fact that he fell short of a forty-inch vertical and thirty-plus times on his reps at 225.
Whether this young man can transfer these rare gifts to the football field is still very much an unknown, but let me leave you with one final thought on the matter (a scouting truism); when in doubt, always take the big, fast athlete over the undersized overachiever.
I would like to take this opportunity to send along my prayers and offer up my condolences to the family and friends of Newberry College senior offensive tackle Heath Benedict, who was found dead in his Jacksonville Florida home on Wednesday evening.