Russell Wilson made quite an impression on Chiefs’ new GM

Russell Wilson

The Chiefs could select a quarterback with the first pick in April’s NFL Draft. Then again, they might not.

That was the word from new GM John Dorsey in an interview with the Kansas City Star leading up to the NFL Scouting Combine, which begins this week in Indianapolis.

Dorsey worked for the Seahawks in 1999 as their director of player personnel, and here’s his assessment on this year’s QB class: “There is no quarterback where personnel guys can definitely say, ‘He’s a first-round pick.’ There were so many inconsistencies in the collective group. There was not one guy that stood up and said, ‘I’m the guy in the position this year.’ There really wasn’t one clear-cut guy. There are too many technical flaws, scheme flaws. There are so many different variables that there are a lot of people all over the place on naming the top four or five guys and who those guys would be.”

On the subject of player interviews, Dorsey said a prospect can improve his standing with a series of strong sessions and used Russell Wilson, the QB the Seahawks selected in the third round of last year’s draft, as an example.

Dorsey on Russell: “The most impressive interview I’ve ever had in the last 25 years of doing this? Russell Wilson. Wasn’t even close. You could feel that guy as a person, how strong he was, how intellectually deep he was, how mentally tough he was, that he had the charisma to lead other players. I always try to look at kids like I’m in the locker room and I’m a teammate. It was easy to see this guy leading a team.

“A quarterback wants to come across in the interview process as confident, as having a vast understanding and knowledge of defenses, as being capable of leading a group of men. That’s what you’ve got to convey to the teams. On film, his physical traits and skills will come out. But you have to over the next few weeks impress on teams the character of his soul, his ability to lead a franchise.”


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