The New Orleans Saints are likely going to address the wide receiver position at some point in the 2015 NFL Draft, despite what happens with wide receiver Greg Jennings visiting. After all, this position features a rich amount of depth. There are as many as twenty prospects that can be selected within the first three rounds.
Today, we’ll highlight one of those said receiver prospects: University of Miami’s Phillip Dorsett.
NFL Scouting Combine Measurements
Weight: 185 pounds
Arm Length: 30 1/4″
Hands: 9 3/8″
40-Yard Dash: 4.33 seconds
Bench Press: 13 Reps
Vertical Jump: 37.0 inches
Broad Jump: 122.0 inches
3-Cone Drill: 6.70 seconds
NFL Comparisons: John Brown (Arizona)
Projected Round: 1-2
"Strengths:Takes the top off the defense and throws it in the trash. Elite explosiveness. Gets to top speed quickly and is a seamless glider on crossing routes, leaving man-to-man defenses in his wake. Can work outside and from the slot. Elevates and attacks contested catches. Outstanding body control and can adjust to the ball in mid-air. Mind-boggling big-play production with half of his catches going for 25-plus yards in 2014. More than just a vertical-only receiver and has the blazing feet and stop-start to beat zone coverage for big plays."
Dorsett finished his Hurricanes career with 121 catches for 2,132 yards and 17 touchdowns. In his senior year, Dorsett wrangled up three 100-yard receiving performances, including a 4 catch, 201 yard, 2 touchdown showing against Arkansas State. Dorsett finished with three multi-game touchdown outings, and had receiving touchdowns in each of his last four games. He was also a track star.
Where Dorsett fits in with the Saints: Speed is something that is treasured in a Sean Payton offense, and Dorsett is a true playmaker. By having a player like Dorsett that can really stretch the field as a deep threat, it could yield way for players like Joe Morgan to become more of a possession style receiver. Of course, having two threats like Dorsett and Morgan could prove to be quite appealing for Drew Brees. I could see the Saints potentially landing him with the 44th overall selection, if they choose to pursue him.
Check out some highlights of Dorsett in his senior year.
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