What the Indianapolis Colts Are Getting in Phillip Dorsett


I was sitting there on my couch watching Malcom Brown fall down the draft. Just praying he would slip past the Detroit Lions not once…but twice, and it happened.

Then I checked my phone, and saw that the Indianapolis Colts were reportedly going to take wide receiver Phillip Dorsett with the 29th overall pick in the first round.

My hands slowly made their way up in the air and it is possible that a few explicit words came rolling out of my mouth.

Why? I mean why would you add yet another wide receiver when Brown and Landon Collins are still on the board?

I know Ryan Grigson has always said he would take the best player on his board over a team need, but did anyone honestly have Dorsett over Brown? Or even Collins?

The Colts will now have a five man rotation at receiver with Dorsett joining T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, Donte Moncrief, and Duron Carter.

New plan? Throw so much on opposing defenses that they forget to run the ball on us?

Now I know there are still six rounds left, and the Colts still hold eight picks, but come on man.

Okay, so that rant is over. So what does Dorsett bring to this high-octane offense?

Listed at 5’10” and just 185 pounds, on paper it seems as though he might be the perfect slot receiver for the Colts. Something they tried when taking Anthony Gonzalez in the first round back in 2007, but will hopefully have much better results.

With a vertical leap of 38 inches he will be able to win a lot of 50/50 balls as well.

After missing time to an MCL sprain in 2013, Dorsett came back in 2014 and caught 36 passes for 871 yards and 10 touchdowns. That’s an average of 24.2 yards per catch.

He will be able to take the top off of defenses and take much-needed pressure off of Hilton and Johnson.

As you can see above, he can play perfectly into the slot and explodes into his route and just finds the open space in coverage. Something Andrew Luck will surely fall in love with.

Although he is still raw in his route running, the potential is clearly there.

That quick plant and slide inside on this post route is smooth. And you can see where his speed and quickness come into play as he quickly separates himself from the defender.

Looking over his film before the draft I liked him a lot, just not as a first round guy. Let alone enough for the Colts to take him with the 29th overall pick.

However, Grigson and Pagano see something in him. And for now we just have to wait to see how the rest of the draft pans out for the Colts.

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