SANTA CLARA, Calif. – While there's no doubt the San Francisco 49ers are losing a fine young player with nose tackle Ian Williams out for the season with a broken ankle, the flip side of the coin is the opportunity Glenn Dorsey is getting.
This just might be Dorsey’s best NFL chance for success. Dorsey -- whom the Kansas City Chiefs made the No. 5 overall pick out of LSU in the 2008 draft -- drew comparisons to Warren Sapp. Many NFL personnel folks thought Dorsey was a can’t-miss player and the best player on the draft board.
It would be a stretch to say Dorsey was a bust in Kansas City. He was a solid contributor before being hurt in the fourth game last season. He was solid, but never a star for the Chiefs.
However, Dorsey, who signed with the 49ers this offseason, was playing out of position for much of his time there as a 3-4 defensive end. Playing nose tackle for the 49ers might be a better fit. He was rotating with Williams before he got hurt, and Dorsey played in Seattle after Williams went down.
I spoke to ESPN analyst Matt Williamson about Dorsey. Williamson said he thinks Dorsey can help the 49ers.
“He’s an interesting player,” Williamson said. “Being a 3-4 DE never really suited him, but he bulked up and became a good run defender. Williams was more of that fireplug guy on the nose that could only stop the run. I question how well Dorsey will be able to handle the rigors on playing there for 16-plus games, but he is the better talent of the two and a better pass-rusher.”