INDIANAPOLIS -- LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, ranked by many as the elite prospect in the draft and a strong consideration for Miami's top overall pick, will not be attending the Combine due to a death in the family.
Dorsey had little to prove athletically and, due to his status as a lock for the top five, it was unlikely that he'd work out here anyway. Still, the extensive medical checks done in Indianapolis could have alleviated the legitimate concerns regarding Dorsey's health. He started all 13 games in 2006, but played through a stress fracture in his right leg.
Last season, Dorsey missed one game and was hampered in several others by a right knee sprain and strained back. As it stands now, with Dorsey unable to play in the Senior Bowl and now unable to attend the Combine, scouts have no choice but to reserve final judgment on arguably the top talent in the draft until Dorsey's Pro Day.
Other highlights from Friday's Combine session:
--In an interesting reversal, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden announced he now plans to work out at the Combine. Earlier in the day, fellow underclassmen running backs Jonathan Stewart and Rashard Mendenhall also declared their intentions to run. While McFadden is generally regarded as the premier running back prospect, Stewart and Mendenhall could leap up the board with surprising performances. The 5-foot-10, 235-pound Stewart, if he can run in the "low 4.4s" as he told media he hoped to, could establish himself as one of the elite talents of the draft.
--California wide receiver DeSean Jackson also announced to the media his intention to do the full workout. To remain among the elite receiver prospects, Jackson had better perform well, as he measured in at a disappointing 5-9, 169 pounds after being listed by Cal at 6-feet, 172 pounds.
--The offensive linemen were the first to do any kind of actual workout, with some players bench-pressing for scouts. The complete numbers haven't yet filtered through, but Northwestern State (La.) offensive lineman Demetrius Bell probably wishes none of them came out. In an era when 20-30 repetitions of 225 pounds is considered average for offensive linemen, Bell's nine reps won't make the impression a small school prospect desperately needs.
--The big winner of the special teams workout was Wisconsin kicker Taylor Melhaff. Melhaff wowed scouts with his strong leg in field goal and kickoff opportunities. Louisville kicker Art Carmody, nicknamed "Art-o-matic" due to his career 85 percent success rate on field goals, was his typical accurate self on short and medium range kicks, but doesn't have the leg strength to be a weapon from beyond 50 yards or on kickoffs.
--With Atlanta winning the three-team coin-flip against Oakland and Kansas City, the draft order has officially been set. With growing sentiment that Miami and St. Louis will address the trenches with the first two picks, the Falcons appear to be in position to add quarterback Matt Ryan with the third overall pick. For a team needing a facelift and new offensive identity, the diplomatic Ryan would seem to be a great fit.
--A humorous moment occurred during Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm's press conference. Former teammate Harry Douglas, a virtual security blanket at receiver for Brohm, who had just finished his interview, jumped in and asked Brohm about his receiving corps at Louisville to the laughter of reporters sitting around him.
Rob Rang is a Senior Analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, distributed by The Sports Xchange.
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