Phillip Dorsett played his collegiate ball for the Miami Hurricanes, where he earned second team All-ACC honors in 2014 as a wide receiver. A remarkable ten out of his 36 catches that year went for touchdowns, and he average a very respectable per catch. He has been a bit injury prone during his college career, missing five games in 2013 due a partially torn MCL, and missing the Senior Bowl game due to a lingering injury that he did not want to exacerbate and potentially affect his performance at the combine. He did, however, have a consistent career for the hurricanes, catching 13 passes for in his shortened 2013 season, and leading Miami in catches, receiving yards, and touchdowns in 2012.
Dorsett was well rested entering the combine, and it showed. He had combine results at this position running a 4.33 second 40-yard dash and 6.70-second 3-cone drill. He also achieved 13 repetitions on the bench press, a vertical jump, a broad jump and a 4.11 second shuttle. Obviously, any discussion of his strengths should begin with his incredible speed. This puts him at an elite level right from the beginning, particularly given his ability to quickly accelerate into a play. When playing against a man-to-man defense, Dorsett really shines as few can keep up with speed. He is also able to elevate above the defense, and has shown that he can win the ball and catch when contested. He has incredible body control, and can adjust to reach the ball, even when in mid-air flight. In college, he had tremendous ability to make big plays, but time will tell if this can continue in the far more competitive NFL level.
There are not many weaknesses in terms of his play, as noted, but he has injury worries. This is likely he was a low first round selection. He is a bit raw in some of his routes, and he tends to rely only on his speed. Once he meets with some solid defenders at the pro level, he will need to correct this. He also has a relatively small frame, coming in at only 5’10” and , so he will need to learn to withstand hits in the middle of the field, particularly in his sure to be role as a slot receiver. In the end, the Colts have done well with this pick. Andrew Luck is certain to be excited about the prospects of some big downfield plays to be drawn up, and Dorsett most definitely seems to fit in with the offensive scheme in Indianapolis.
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