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Phillip Dorsett | Wide Receiver

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

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The Colts "managed to get several of my favorite players in the draft, yet I still think they continue to play with fire by not doing more to build quality depth along the offensive line," wrote ESPN's Mel Kiper.
He gave Indianapolis a "B-" draft grade. "D'Joun Smith is a solid sleeper cornerback and a decent value at No. 65 overall, and I think Henry Anderson is going to be a good defensive lineman in this league for a while," Kiper wrote. "I like three of those guys, and Amarlo Herrera could be a nice value late. David Parry is also a ball of muscle and has a chance to stick and deliver value in a rotation." GM Ryan Grigson told the media that he took Miami WR Phillip Dorsett in Round 1 because the prospect was easily the top rated prospect on the team's board at the time of the pick. Rotoworld's Evan Silva gave the Colts class a "C+." May 4 - 1:45 AM

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Colts selected Miami WR Phillip Dorsett with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Dorsett (5'10/185) made 30 career starts for Miami, parlaying 121 receptions into 2,132 yards (17.6 YPR) and 17 TDs. He blazed 4.33 in Indianapolis with a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. A blur on game tape, Dorsett is more lid popper than quick-twitch slot receiver, and has some DeSean Jacksonian traits. Dorsett's size deficiency may prevent him from becoming a big-time touchdown scorer in the pros, but he will be able to outrun coverage and has excellent hands, dropping just 3-of-73 targets as a senior. Quarterback play and offensive philosophy will be working in Dorsett's favor with the Colts, but opportunity may not. He appears to be buried behind T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, and Donte Moncrief. Dorsett is a classic "luxury pick" who may have to excel on kickoff returns to earn significant rookie-year snaps.
Apr 30 - 11:13 PM

Pro Football Focus' Mike Renner cautions that only six of the 38 receivers who have run sub-4.4 forty since the 2009 combine are currently top-two receivers on their respective NFL teams.

"With Dorsett, we didn't see much besides elite speed," he wrote of PFF's tape and stat investigation. "He's undersized at 5-10, 185 pounds, and is still an unrefined route runner. Of his 67 targets last season, 40 came on deep routes (go, deep crosser, post and corner). He'll have to run a much more varied route tree at the next level. DeSean Jackson goes deep as often as anyone in the NFL, and even he was targeted on downfield routes only 37 percent of the time last season." The analyst concedes that there is "a lot of potential here" but believes that "taking Dorsett in the first round would be a substantial gamble." We think Dorsett is either going to sneak into the latter stages of Round 1 or get popped quickly on Day 2.
Apr 27 - 2:35 AM

Miami WR Phillip Dorsett visited the Ravens on Wednesday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Wilson previously mentioned Dorsett visited the Eagles and Titans. Dorsett is so quick in his breaks to create separation in the short and downfield portions of the field. It is evident that Dorsett also has long speed, but he wins on the ground and will play that type of role for a team. Many will consider him for slot duties.
Apr 23 - 1:31 PM

Miami WR Phillip Dorsett is visiting the Eagles on Monday, according to Aaron Wilson.

The Eagles do not have a receiver like Dorsett on their current roster. The Miami receiver wins with quickness and speed on underneath routes and taking the top off coverages in a straight-line. Nelson Agholor is frequently mocked to the Eagles, but Dorsett might be a more realistic option. If selected, Chip is showing his cards in terms of wanting a smaller receiver who wins with speed.
Apr 20 - 10:05 AM

Miami WR Phillip Dorsett's "NFL career will probably be as a No. 2 or 3 receiver whose speed forces a mismatch for defenses that don't have a really fast nickel back," notes's Frank Cooney.

Dorsett clocked a pair of mid-4.2s 40-yard dashes at his pro day earlier this month. "A buffed but small receiver with blur speed who works hard all week and earns respect from teammates and coaches and bragging rights on game day, which he exercises freely," Cooney wrote. "Because he is short with tightly-wound twitch muscles, durability will always be a concern. When healthy, Dorsett can take the top off of any defense in any league, but he totally relies on speed and is not a nifty underneath receiver." Dorsett only dropped one pass on 37 catchable targets last year. He could sneak into the end of Round 1. Otherwise, he's going near the top of Round 2.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 17 - 9:47 PM

Miami WR Phillip Dorsett "has exceptional speed and is a guy who could challenge defenses vertically, but I think his best fit is as a slot receiver," opined ESPN's Todd McShay.

"Not all burners can gear down smoothly enough to quickly get in and out of cuts, but Dorsett can, and his ability to accelerate off of his cuts is an elite trait shared by the best open-field weapons in the NFL," McShay wrote. "He also has good hands." You can say that again: Dorsett only dropped one pass on 37 catchable targets last year -- comparing closely to Jarvis Landry's drop rate in 2014 -- according to Pro Football Focus. ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Dorsett is "clearly in the Round 1 mix."
Apr 16 - 5:43 PM

Miami WR Phillip Dorsett is visiting the Tennessee Titans on Thursday.

Dorsett would be an intriguing option for Tennessee's high-Round 2 pick, assuming he makes it there. If the Titans trade out of the No. 2 pick to acquire more picks, you can imagine Dorsett's singe-the-turf skill set working quite well with Zach Mettenberger's bazooka arm. Dorsett clocked a pair of mid-4.2s 40-yard dashes at his pro day earlier this month.
Apr 16 - 1:40 PM

Miami WR Phillip Dorsett only dropped one pass on 37 catchable targets, according to Pro Football Focus.

Dorsett was targeted 67 times, but only 37 were truly catchable. There is some subjectivity here and in these cases, charters tend to side with the receivers. Regardless, this is an outstanding number for the speedy receiver. It rivals Jarvis Landry's drop rate from last year. Dorsett could be selected in the second round.
Apr 9 - 10:21 AM

Miami WR Phillip Dorsett has "been impressive throughout the draft process" and "he really stood out in the passing drills" at the school's pro day, wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

"Not only did he catch everything thrown at him and flash his usual suddenness and explosiveness as a route runner but he once again showed that he is the rare burner who can also play under control," wrote McShay. "He has a rare second gear when tracking down vertical throws, but he also doesn't need to gear down to get in and out of breaks and is able to accelerate off of his cuts. Both as a route runner and with the ball in his hands, his explosiveness really stands out." The analyst went on to discuss his thoughts on the WR class, which he says is led by a first tier of Amari Cooper, Kevin White, DeVante Parker and Breshad Perriman. McShay believes the second tier of Jaelen Strong, Dorial Green-Beckham, Devin Funchess, Devin Smith, Nelson Agholor and Dorsett could all go in late Round 1 to mid-Round 2.
Apr 6 - 1:43 AM

Miami WR Phillip Dorsett clocked a pair of mid 4.2s in the 40-yard dash at the school's Wednesday pro day.

"Nothing gets scouts buzzing like pure speed at Phillip Dorsett provided plenty of that Wednesday at the University of Miami," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote. Dorsett ran a 4.33 second forty at the Combine, but obviously he wanted to show he was even faster than that. "It is rare that a player chooses to run again after posting such a blistering time in Indianapolis but by challenging himself again, Dorsett showed scouts his confidence and competitiveness," Brugler wrote. "At 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, Dorsett does not have elite size but like speedsters T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts) and John Brown (Arizona Cardinals), he possesses the straight-line speed to make an immediate impact in the NFL, which could cause a team to gamble on him early, perhaps even in the first round."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 3 - 10:28 PM

Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score pegs Miami WR Phillip Dorsett as the No. 12 receiver.

Dorsett enters the draft as a senior, which the system penalizes and also "lacks a year of the extremely good production that is typical of the senior wide receivers who go on to succeed in the NFL," wrote FO's Nathan Forster. Dorsett was likened historically by Playmaker to Mark Clayton and James Jones. The Hurricane ranks No. 47 on Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50, and ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote recently that Dorsett is "clearly in the Round 1 mix."
Mar 31 - 12:01 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Miami WR Phillip Dorsett is "safe because he's so much more than a sprinter out there, and he'll be a handful to cover wherever he is lined up."

In a rather surprising opinion, Kiper listed Dorsett as one of the draft's 10 safest prospects. "He ran a 4.33 40 in Indy and also timed 6.70 in the three-cone drill, both notable because although he has speed to simply blow away cornerbacks who don't have plus-plus recovery speed, he also has the quickness to win in the slot and do major damage against zone coverages," Kiper wrote. "He lacks size but does a decent job on contested throws and has gotten a lot more consistent with his hands." If Dorsett gets out of the first round, Kiper sees him going in the first few picks in Round 2.
Mar 30 - 10:00 PM

NFL Media's Curtis Conway believes Miami WR Phillip Dorsett could be a good fit with the Colts, provided they don't invest a first-rounder in him.

"You talk about a good fit with with T.Y. (Hilton), can you imagine? Both of these speed demons out there on an island? You can't put a safety in the box to cover the run game, which means that will open up your run game," Conway said. "You get a Phillip Dorsett out there man to man, you're not gong to have a safety in the box. I like him, not right away in the first round, but maybe in the third round, I see Phillip Dorsett being a really good piece for that offense." Unfortunately, Dorsett likely won't be available in stanza three. He ranks No. 47 on Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50, and ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote recently that Dorsett is "clearly in the Round 1 mix."
Mar 7 - 5:21 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Miami WR Phillip Dorsett has "star" written all over him.

"Great speed. Tremendously explosive," Kiper says. Dorsett certainly shines in one area, and that is straight line speed. He can stretch out a defense in that area. A question is if you can count on him to win underneath and when contested. He might be a role player in our eyes, which there is nothing wrong with, but Kiper recently said Dorsett is clearly in the first-round mix.
Source: ESPN
Mar 5 - 11:26 AM