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Dorsey, Gholston Proving Unworthy

Remember last spring when everyone was talking about how the 2008 draft was filled with great defensive linemen? On March 8, ESPN's Mel Kiper had five in the top 10 of his mock draft. It's eight weeks into the season and two of them are on their way to being complete busts.

Chiefs and Jets fans have to be outraged by the poor play of Glenn Dorsey and Vernon Gholston, both of whom signed huge contracts and are now out of our Redraft first round. Dorsey has been virtually immobile in Kansas City, which has lost six of seven games. Gholston has been unable to make the transition to a new position in the pros for New York.

As always, your Redrafts are welcome in the comments below.

1. Miami
Redraft: QB Matt Ryan.
He went third to the Falcons but should have been No. 1. He lost to Eagles 27-14 on Sunday but who would have thought last spring that a Falcons-Eagles game in Philadelphia would be decided in the final quarter?
2008 Pick: OT Jake Long. Blocking Joey Porter in practice every day is proving to be valuable experience, but Miami needs a quarterback.

2. St. Louis
Redraft: OT Jake Long.
He was a legitimate high first-round pick. But at No. 2, not No. 1.
2008 Pick: DT Chris Long. Is two sacks against the Patriots a sign?

3. Atlanta
Redraft: WR DeSean Jackson.
Three more catches, 72 more yards in victory over the Falcons for receiver taken by Philadelphia in second round, the 49th overall pick.
2008 Pick: QB Matt Ryan. Taken by Dolphins in Redraft at No. 1.

4. Oakland
Redraft: RB Matt Forte.
Forte (Chicago, second round, 44th) enjoyed well-earned bye week break; has 515 rushing yards and 29 receptions.
2008 Pick: RB Darren McFadden. Sat out Sunday's loss to Baltimore because of turf toe, putting him even further behind strong rookie running back class.

5.Kansas City
Redraft: WR Eddie Royal.
The former Hokie (Denver, second round, 42nd) took 39 receptions for 392 yards into the bye week.
2008 Pick: DE Glenn Dorsey. If Carl Peterson gets fired, this name should be in the first three paragraphs of the story about the dismissal.

6. New York Jets
Redraft: Chris Long.
Drops here from No. 2 but he appears to finally be getting it.
2008 Pick: DE Vernon Gholston. Z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z.

7. New Orleans
Redraft: LB Jerod Mayo.
Leads all rookies with 48 total tackles for the Patriots, who took Mayo 10th.
2008 Pick: DT Sedrick Ellis. Made one tackle in return to lineup Sunday after knee surgery.

8. Jacksonville
Redraft: LB Curtis Lofton.
The Oklahoma product (Atlanta, second round, 37th) had three more tackles and forced a Donovan McNabb fumble in loss Sunday.
2008 Pick: DE Derrick Harvey. Jags defense had one or no sacks for the fifth time this season in loss to Browns. Who was drafted to get sacks?

9. Cincinnati
Redraft: LB Keith Rivers.
Out for the season because of a broken jaw but played well enough for horrible Bengals team to keep spot.
2008 Pick: Rivers.

10. New England
Redraft: RB Chris Johnson.
Johnson leads all rookies with 626 yards rushing and the Titans, who took him 24th, are 7-0.
2008 Pick: LB Jerod Mayo. Taken by Saints in Redraft at No. 7.

11. Buffalo
Redraft: RB Steve Slaton.
The Mountaineer (Houston, third round, 89th) scored on a 20-yard run to finish off Bengals Sunday.
2008 Pick: CB Leodis McKelvin. All you need to know: Bills preferred an injured Terrence McGee to a healthy McKelvin on Sunday. McGee then got repeatedly spanked by Miami's 2007 draft-day disaster, Ted Ginn Jr.

12. Denver
Redraft: T Ryan Clady.
Clady is looking like a perennial starter at left tackle in Denver.
2008 Pick: Clady.

13. Carolina
Redraft: RB Jonathan Stewart.
Eight carries for 10 yards in victory over Cardinals blemishes otherwise stunning season for Stewart.
2008 pick: Stewart.

14. Chicago
Redraft: OT Sam Baker.
Falcons traded up for the USC star at No. 21, but he has a hip problem that kept him out of the Eagles game and will sideline him this week. We at Redraft Headquarters have been scared to death of hip injuries since Bo Jackson.
2008 Pick: OT Chris Williams. Might finally play Sunday against Detroit after back surgery.

15. Kansas City
Redraft: McFadden.
Drops here from No. 4 to replace the grumpy Larry Johnson.
2008 Pick: OG Branden Albert. Chiefs offensive line gave up four sacks and helped produce only 80 total rushing yards against the Jets.

16. Arizona
Redraft: S Chris Horton.
The UCLA product (Redskins, seventh round, 249) sat out Sunday's victory over Detroit.
2008 Pick: CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Not enough impact (two starts) for a first-round pick.

17. Detroit
Redraft: CB Brandon Flowers.
Chiefs got this one right when they took the Hokie in the second round (35th). He returned a Brett Favre pass 91 yards for a touchdown in loss Sunday.
2008 Pick: OT Gosder Cherilus. Did you see the holding penalty he took against the Redskins? Did he really think the referees would miss that?

18. Baltimore
Redraft: QB Joe Flacco.
Would have had a touchdown catch Sunday if he could run and catch at the same time.
2008 Pick: Flacco. Ravens are still in playoff contention with him at the helm.

19. Carolina
Redraft: OT Jeff Otah.
Should return from ankle injury Nov. 9 after bye week.
2008 Pick: Otah.

20. Tampa Bay
Redraft: CB Aqib Talib.
Took a bad penalty and failed to intercept any of Brad Johnson's flutters in loss to Cowboys, but at least he is on the field.
2008 Pick: Talib.

21. Washington
Redraft: WR Donnie Avery.
The Houston product (St. Louis, second round, 33rd) caught another big touchdown pass, 69 yards, against New England.
2008 Pick: Traded pick to Atlanta, which took OT Sam Baker.

22. Dallas
Redraft: RB Felix Jones.
Out because of a hamstring injury.
2008 pick: Jones. He'll move up once he's healthy.

23. Pittsburgh
Redraft: Ellis.
He drops here from No. 7.
2008 Pick: RB Rashard Mendenhall. Out for season because of fractured shoulder.

24. Tennessee
Redraft: CB Antoine Cason.
The 27th pick, by the Chargers, has been the most consistent corner from this draft, which isn't saying much because he doesn't start.
2008 Pick: RB Chris Johnson. Redrafted to New England at No. 10.

25. Dallas
Redraft: CB Mike Jenkins.
Jenkins played well enough Sunday when he was forced into Dallas lineup against Tampa because of injuries.
2008 Pick: Jenkins.

26. Houston
Redraft: OT Duane Brown.
Does helping to beat the Bengals count?
2008 Pick: Brown.

27. San Diego
Redraft: S Charles Godfrey.
The Iowa product (Carolina, third round, 67th) has started all eight games for the Panthers at free safety.
2008 Pick: CB Antoine Cason. Redrafted to Tennessee at 24.

28. Seattle
Redraft: McKelvin.
He drops here from No. 11 despite vote of no-confidence by Bills coaches.
2008 Pick: DE Lawrence Jackson. Couldn't keep a starting job on this mediocre team.

29. San Francisco
Redraft: DE Phillip Merling.
Despite consecutive offsides penalties against Bills, the former Clemson star (Miami, second round, 32nd) has started a couple games and is doing fine.
2008 Pick: DT Kentwan Balmer. If Mike Singletary can't get him going, no one can.

30. New York Jets
Redraft: TE John Carlson.
The Notre Dame product (Seattle, second round, 38th) has 20 catches with two touchdowns.
2008 Pick: TE Dustin Keller. Had four catches against Chiefs Sunday, which would be two catches against a real NFL defense.

31. New York Giants
Redraft: S Tyrell Johnson.
The Arkansas State product (Minnesota, second round, 43rd), has been a fine replacement for the injured Madieu Williams, who should finally play this week against Houston.
2008 Pick: S Kenny Phillips. Phillips had his first interception jumping high to grab a fourth-down pass with about a minute left in the 21-14 victory over Steelers.

By Emilio Garcia Ruiz  |  October 30, 2008; 9:58 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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