It wasn’t your typical pro day at LSU.
That was the word coming from Baton Rouge, La., where the Tigers had some lead in their shoes according to one source.
``That was the worst pro day I can remember here,’’ one source said. ``Nobody ran [well].’’
Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, considered the best of the bunch and a potential top-five pick, ran 5.12 or 5.15 seconds in the 40-yard dash, depending on who you listen to. He weighed in at 297 pounds and looked a little light.
If it sounds like a description of Bears Pro Bowl tackle Tommie Harris, that’s because Dorsey had long been compared to him. Right down to the injury history. That’s the thing that has dogged Dorsey lately with reports recently that he had arthroscopic knee surgery, something he has denied. Harris fell to the Bears at No. 14 in 2004 because of concerns about his knees. Don’t count on Dorsey dropping into the Bears lap.
Wide receiver Early Doucet, considered a potential first-round selection, didn’t help himself with a 4.56-second time in the 40. It was the first 40 he’s run since tweaking a hamstring at the Senior Bowl. Cornerback Chevis Jackson clocked in the 4.6’s and safety Craig Steltz was in the 4.6’s.
``It was just a real mediocre day,’’ another source said. ``All the way around. That was a little surprising.’’
Dorsey got the most attention with more than 20 line coaches working him out. He showed a competitive spirit that will likely cement his place in the top five. He’d be hard for the Kansas City Chiefs to pass up at No. 5, and their coach Herm Edwards was present. While Dorsey was far from outstanding, his performance likely allayed fears any teams may have had regarding his health.
Linebacker Ali Highsmith, a mid-round prospect, might have been the only player to really help his cause. He had a poor 40 time of 4.95 at the combine and lowered that to 4.7 on Wednesday. It’s not like that’s exceptional for an undersized outsider linebacker though.
We’ll go in depth a little with a guard the Bears are keeping a close eye on Thursday morning.