The Indianapolis Colts surprised draft experts and fans alike by selecting Miami Hurricane wideout Phillip Dorsett with their first round selection in this past April’s NFL Draft. The team clearly made a considerable investment in Dorsett, and so far the blazing fast rookie receiver hasn’t disappointed in offseason practices according to their General Manager Ryan Grigson:
"“He’s been impressive, there’s no doubt,” said Grigson. “But the things you saw, kind of in a small sample size in college, I think his consistency has showed out here. He’s going to have some things that he needs to clean up just like any rookie will, but the thing about Phillip is, I mean you meet his family, you know why he has a great family, a great support system at home.”“You know why he’s the type of person he is,” added Grigson. “He’s going to be someone that hits the ground running because of how he’s wired. He’s already a pro. He’s learning multiple positions which is not easy in this offense, and we wouldn’t be moving him around if he wasn’t able to handle that. His aptitude has impressed me.”"
Jun 9, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson watches from the sidelines during minicamp at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
By pairing him with Andrew Luck and the fast playing track that is the Lucas Oil Stadium home turf, the Colts are clearly counting on the speedy Dorsett providing another dynamic receiving threat within their offense. However, while speed is obviously one of Dorsett’s greatest strengths, make no mistake about, he has the physical tools to become a complete wide receiver in time:
"“Obviously, his speed is his calling card,” said Grigson. “But it’s not just that, he’s a fast guy that can play football. And he has receivers hands, and he has elusiveness laterally and change of direction that a lot of times, true speed freaks don’t have. A lot of times, they are straight-liners that can’t catch or they’re little guys that lack toughness or lack true hands, and he has that skill-set so he’s going to be fun to watch and he’s got some things to work out, but we’re excited about him obviously.”"
Like any rookie though, Dorsett is still a bit unpolished. However, the Colts are clearly impressed with what he’s shown so far in the team’s offseason practices. It’s not just his world-class speed either, it’s his hands, intelligence, and willingness to work hard that have also stood out.
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