Colts Post-Draft Positional Review: Wide Receivers

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Sep 7, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (4) scores untouched against the Florida Gators during the first half of the game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Phillip Dorsett

2014 Stats (NCAA): 36 receptions, 871 yards, 10 touchdowns

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Dorsett (aside from his 4.2 40 time) is the difference between his yards per catch in 2013 and 2014. He caught nearly half as many passes in 2014, but averaged 10 more yards per reception. Dorsett managed to do an incredible job with less opportunities and only had one drop in his final year at Miami.

Aside from the Colts needing more defensive options, and being stocked at wide receiver, Dorsett is basically a clone of Hilton. He’s a smaller receiver with burner speed who is ideally suited for a slot position.

The Colts essentially got a first or second round caliber player in Carter which makes this signing all the more confusing. If anyone is going to want for snaps, it is likely to be Dorsett who has the least experience and more limited skill set. He was mainly a deep threat (60-percent of his passes) and didn’t run a complex route tree for the Hurricanes.

There is no question about his abilities as a receiver. Dorsett is a special talent and if he develops into Hilton, that will be a great addition to the Colts (especially if Hilton leaves in free agency).

Considering the Colts history of injuries (including Hilton and Johnson almost routinely missing a game or two each season), it is highly likely we’ll see Dorsett out of necessity. He also has tremendous value as a punt and kick returner with that home run speed.

Expect the Colts to enter the season with five receivers on the active roster as only four receivers played significant snaps in 2014.

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