When the San Francisco 49ers signed NT Glenn Dorsey via free-agency last year, I knew he would be something special. A former first-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, Dorsey gave the 49ers a clog in the middle that they could count on, and he did not disappoint. A prediction I made back in June 2013 as I said that Dorsey would record 40 tackles and 4.0 sacks, Dorsey finished the 2013 season with 41 tackles and 2.0 sacks.
A true testament to his character as he kicked off the season backing up NT Ian Williams, Dorsey did not complain, earning the locker room’s respect. In the process Dorsey would go on and relish the starting nose tackle role as he anchored the defensive line. An opportunity that would have never came to fruition had Williams not been cut-blocked in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks, ending his season, Dorsey more than filled in admirably while becoming a staple on DC Vic Fangio’s defense.
In Dorsey’s first four seasons in the NFL he racked up 231 tackles. That’s a little over 57 tackles per season. Compare those numbers to DE Ray McDonald’s as he’s averaged 28.0 tackles in his last six seasons and you can see where Dorsey’s potential lies. His knack for shedding blockers while holding the point of attack in a 3-4 defense was crucial in 2013 and Dorsey proved why he was an early first-round pick.
A clog in the middle that can eat up space while also having the athleticism to be counted on as a zero technique defensive lineman, Dorsey will be out to prove he’s Pro Bowl worthy. From facing consistent double-teams while freeing up his All-Pro linebackers behind him to make plays, Dorsey is unselfish as they come. And with a full season under his belt in Fangio’s 3-4 scheme, look for him to have a breakout season in 2014, as he should be more instinctive while dominating the line of scrimmage. In short a Pro Bowl season.