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Philip Dorsett | Wide Receiver

Team: Miami (FL) Hurricanes
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 195

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Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett made his debut at No. 32 on Todd McShay's most recent Big Board.
"Dorsett had the best week of any prospect at the Senior Bowl, and he made a big move up our draft board (and likely the draft boards of many NFL teams) as a result," McShay wrote. "He is one of the fastest players in this entire draft class, with the ability to accelerate out of cuts that all of the elite NFL big-play threats have, but he also shows the ability to gear down and get quickly in and out of breaks and separate from coverage." The 5-foot-9 5/8, 183-pound Dorsett expects to run a 4.3 40-yard dash at the combine in February, though he told ESPN recently that his best forty time in training was 4.21, a time that would break Chris Johnson’s record of 4.24 seconds. The burner has said he molds his game after Steelers WR Antonio Brown and Ravens WR Steve Smith. NFL Media analyst mention Antonio Brown, John Brown and T.Y. Hilton as possible comparisons. Dorsett scored 10 times on 36 receptions in 2014. Jan 29 - 7:00 PM

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Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett impressed evaluators despite missing Saturday’s Senior Bowl with an oblique injury, observed The Guardian's Matt Rybaltowski.

"Dorsett continually burned a highly-regarded crop of corners on nine-routes downfield with his top-end speed," Rybaltowski wrote. "As a result, it might not be a stretch to compare him with DeSean Jackson and TY Hilton. At next month’s NFL Draft Combine, Dorsett will look to break Chris Johnson’s record of 4.24secs in the 40-yard dash." Dorsett himself expects to run a 4.3 forty at the combine in February, though he told ESPN recently that his best 40 time in training was 4.21.
Jan 27 - 5:00 PM

Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett "was the fastest player in Mobile this week -- by a lot -- and he might be the fastest player in the 2015 class," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

"His ability to accelerate off his cuts is a trait he shares with all of the NFL's elite speed threats (I compared it Wednesday to in-his-prime Chris Johnson)," McShay wrote. "But it's about more than just speed with him. He plays under control, getting in and out of his breaks quickly to create separation, and he has very good ball skills." The 5-foot-9 5/8, 183-pounds Dorsett has 4.3 wheels. The burner has said he molds his game after Steelers WR Antonio Brown and Ravens WR Steve Smith.
Jan 26 - 11:19 PM

Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett is the "favorite to run the fastest 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine next month" and has the "blur" speed "to make defensive backs look silly," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He has shown that sudden footwork at the line of scrimmage to beat press and the instant acceleration to win vertically downfield. Dorsett routinely won 1-on-1 drills against the South defensive backs, including his former teammate Gunter," Brugler wrote. Dorsett, who has been compared to Antonio Brown, John Brown and T.Y. Hilton, expects to run a 4.3 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. "However, there is such a thing as playing too fast and Dorsett will do that at times, losing footing or getting wild in his breaks," Brugler wrote. "Nonetheless, he has the game-changing speed to not only make an impact on offense, but also as a return man once he adds seasoning and polish to his game."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 26 - 9:29 PM

Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett expects to run a 4.3 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, reports NFL.com's Charles Davis.

Dorsett has told a few different sources that he once ran a 4.21 in the forty, but we always were a bit skeptical and maintained that we anticipated a time in the 4.3s. We're pleased to see Dorsett himself agrees. "But he showed me all week that he's not just a guy that can run fast," Davis wrote. "He ran good routes, made good cuts and competed for the ball really well. Dorsett made contested catches, and he's not big at 5-9 5/8, 183 pounds. He's more than a one-trick pony, though, and caught my eye at every practice." NFL Media analysts previously mentioned Antonio Brown, John Brown and T.Y. Hilton as possible comparisons for Dorsett. Dorsett scored 10 times on 36 receptions in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 24 - 8:40 PM

Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett "is on another level speed-wise from the rest of the South wide receivers," according to Scout's Inc.

"He is quick off the line and can eat up cushions in a hurry, shows polish as a route-runner and shows great burst out of his cuts," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "He had a couple of drops, but his explosiveness really stood out, especially transitioning quickly after the catch. He projects as a slot receiver and return specialist in the NFL." Dorsett (5-foot-9 5/8, 183 pounds) has 4.3 speed and a 24.2 yard-per-catch average. The burner said he molds his game after Steelers WR Antonio Brown and Ravens WR Steve Smith.
Jan 24 - 3:11 PM

Scout's Inc. observes that what stands out about Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett "is that he has under-control speed."

"Some guys are burners in a straight line but can't gear down or get in and out of breaks under control enough to catch the ball. That isn't the case with Dorsett, who possesses every quality you want in a deep speed threat," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "One thing that all of the NFL's elite home-run threats all share -- whether they are running backs or wide receivers -- is the ability to accelerate off of their cuts. We saw that with Dorsett on Wednesday, as he ran a shorter route, snatched the ball out of the air on the fly, made a guy miss and then accelerated off his cut. It reminded us of Chris Johnson. We were blown away watching him weave in and out of traffic at full speed; he is just so good with the ball in his hands." The Scout Inc. team concludes with a statement surprising in its optimism for the prospect: "We didn't know he was this good. He could find himself solidly in the Day 2 of the draft range."
Jan 24 - 2:58 PM

Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett said he was "a big Dolphins fan" and added that it would "be an honor [to be drafted by Miami]."

Dorsett played high school and college football in Miami, so this isn't exactly a surprising take. "It would be big for me," Dorsett said. "Growing up a Miami Hurricanes fan, a Miami Dolphins fan and a Miami Heat fan, it would be big staying local. I got a big family and I know they want to see that." Dorsett told ESPN his best 40 time in training is 4.21, a number we've seen before but remain skeptical about. We do, however, anticipate he'll run in the 4.3s at the combine. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said recently that Dorsett "probably is going to be the fastest player in this entire draft class." The 5-foot-9 5/8, 185-pound burner said he molds his game after Steelers WR Antonio Brown and Ravens WR Steve Smith. "I’m just trying to show everybody what I can do," Dorsett said. "I’m not a one-trick pony."
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 7:47 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett "probably is going to be the fastest player in this entire draft class."

Dorsett (5-foot-9 5/8, 183 pounds) has 4.3 speed and a 24.2 yard-per-catch average. The Senior Bowl reported last month that he's been timed at 4.21 in the 40, though we're a little skeptical of that number. "Some guys can run fast, but they have to work hard to do it, which limits what they can do out of their breaks," an NFC player personnel director told NFL Media. "Dorsett is more natural with his speed and movement." NFL Media analysts mentioned Antonio Brown, John Brown and T.Y. Hilton as possible comparisons for Dorsett. Dorsett scored 10 times on 36 receptions in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 21 - 8:32 PM

An NFC player personnel director said "I really liked what I saw from [Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett]."

"Some guys can run fast, but they have to work hard to do it, which limits what they can do out of their breaks. Dorsett is more natural with his speed and movement," the player personnel director said. Dorsett is expected to run in the 4.3s at the combine, and the Senior Bowl previously reported that he's been timed as fast as 4.21 in the 40. "The Miami wideout has blazing speed and is expected to be one of the fastest participants at the combine next month," noted NFL.com's draft team. "At just 5-foot-9 and 183 pounds (Senior Bowl measurements), Dorsett is likely to be viewed as a slot receiver. But that shouldn't hurt his draft stock as much as it might have in the past with smaller burners like T.Y. Hilton, John Brown and Antonio Brown causing so many problems for NFL cornerbacks."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 21 - 6:49 PM

Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett posted 45 receiving yards and a touchdown on five catches in Saturday's 24-21 loss to South Carolina in the Independence Bowl.

Dorsett finished the season with 36 catches for 871 yards and 10 touchdowns. He will always come with durability concerns (he missed five games with a knee injury in 2013), but his main skill is coveted greatly by the NFL: Dorsett can take the top off of defenses. The 5-foot-10, 182-pounder is a burner, with 4.3 speed and a 24.2 yard-per-catch average. The Senior Bowl reports that he's been timed at 4.21 in the 40, though we're a little skeptical of that number. Dorsett, who will play in that exhibition next month, is one of the draft's best long-ball threats.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 12:18:00 PM

Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

The 5-foot-10, 182-pounder is a burner, with 4.3 speed and a ludicrous 26.6 yard-per-catch average. The Senior Bowl reports that he's been timed at 4.21 in the 40, though we're a little skeptical of that number. Dorsett is one of the draft's best long-ball threats.
Source: Senior Bowl
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 04:43:00 PM

Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett finished with 103 receiving yards and a touchdown on five catches in Saturday's loss to Pittsburgh.

Dorsett, at 5-foot-10, 182 pounds, will always come with durability concerns (he missed five games with a knee injury in 2013), but his main skill is coveted greatly by the NFL: He can take the top off of defenses. Note the stats: While he's only caught 31 balls this year, those receptions have gone for 826 yards and nine touchdowns, a per-catch average of 26.6 yards. ESPN's Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl recently noted Dorsett's legitimate "high-4.3 speed" on tape, adding that he "eats up cushions and blows by defensive backs who don't give his speed the proper respect" and that "he can also turn on the jets after the catch."
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 05:51:00 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl noted that Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett shows legitimate "high-4.3 speed" when they look at the tape.

Dorsett has caught 19 balls for 572 yards, which averages out to an eye-popping 30.1 YPC. The majority of his yardage came in a 201-yard effort against Arkansas State in mid-September and a 143-yard game against Cincinnati in early October. Muench and Weidl wrote that Dorsett "eats up cushions and blows by defensive backs who don't give his speed the proper respect" and that "he can also turn on the jets after the catch." Dorsett's on the smaller side for a possible NFL WR, the analysts noted of the 5-foot-10, 182-pounder, which leaves them with some durability questions. Dorsett missed five games with a knee injury in 2013.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 08:15:00 PM

Miami senior WR Phillip Dorsett finished with 143 receiving yards and two touchdowns on three catches in Saturday's 55-34 win over Cincinnati.

In line with his reputation as a home run hitter, Dorsett has gone over 140 receiving yards in two games, and has been held to 75 yards or under in the other five games, including less than 50 yards in four of those. Dorsett tore his ACL last October. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last month that Dorsett "hasn't lost his world-class wheels" since returning from surgery. NFL scouts have timed the 5-foot-9, 185-pounder at 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 05:00:00 PM