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San Francisco 49ers Front Seven Improves with Dorsey Signing


While many Chiefs fans classify DT Glenn Dorsey a bust, 49ers fans should be happy with the acquisition. The former 5thoverall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft will have something he hasn’t had at a pro level, a ton of talent surrounding him. The 49ers inked the 5 year veteran to a 2 year deal per reports. While details of the deal still haven’t been released, it can be expected in the 2-4 million a year range.

When you put Dorsey’s numbers up against those of former 49ers Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean Francois, Dorsey had more tackles than the combo. In fact he averages almost twice as many a year. Most people discount defensive tackle stats, because let’s face it, tackles are there to eat up blockers so linebackers can make plays. If it says anything about his game, it’s that he is an upgrade in run defense which is a scary thought for the rest of the league.

Dorsey is primarily a 4-3 defensive tackle, and 49er fans shouldn’t expect that to change. The 49ers played more snaps last year with 4 down lineman than 3, so it’s still a fit even though the defense is considered a 3-4. What Dorsey will bring is an instant upgrade on the interior D line and depth to move to defensive end if someone gets injured i.e. the Justin Smith injury last season.

If there are any knocks on his game it’s in pass rush situations. Dorsey is more of a standup-locate-the-ball-carrier type player and does have the speed or moves to get past the guy to pressure the quarterback. The most you’ll see him do on passing situations, if he is even on the field, is take up blockers to allow are rushers free shots. Again, there’s nothing glamorous about being a tackle.

The signing of Dorsey does not take away need of a true nose tackle. That position is most likely to be addressed in the draft due to the number of talented players coming out and the amount of picks the team will have.

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