Kevin Dorsey to Packers: How Does WR Fit with Green Bay?

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IApril 27, 2013

September 05, 2011; College Park, MD, USA;  Maryland Terrapins wide receiver Kevin Dorsey (12) catches a pass in the second half against the Miami Hurricanes at Byrd Stadium. Maryland beat Miami 28-24.  Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
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Instead of banking on one athletic seventh-round receiver developing into an NFL-caliber player, the Green Bay Packers decided to double-down with their second pick in the final round. 

Just eight picks after taking Grand Valley State's Charles Johnson, Green Bay took a chance on Maryland receiver Kevin Dorsey at No. 224 overall. 

Much like Johnson, Dorsey tested well physically but will enter the NFL as a raw receiving option. 

Here's how Dorsey fits in with Green Bay. 


Role: Raw, Developmental Receiver

The Packers clearly made it a priority to target bigger, faster receivers in this draft. Both Johnson and Dorsey stand 6'2" and weigh over 200 pounds.

Now, they'll hope one of the two pans out. 

Like Johnson, Dorsey opened eyes at his pro day. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds and posted a vertical leap of 38 inches, only slightly slower and shorter than Johnson. 

But also like Johnson, Dorsey needs work at the finer parts of the craft (route running, separation at the line) to become a factor at the next level. 

The Packers will also bank on Dorsey's senior-year disappearance being more an indication of the quarterback situation, and not Dorsey's receiving skill set.

After catching 45 passes for 573 yards and three touchdowns as a breakout junior, Dorsey plummeted to just 18 catches for 311 yards and four scores as a senior. The reduction was due in large part to horrendous quarterback play in Maryland, where the Terrapins went through five different players at the position in 2012. 

With Aaron Rodgers in town, quarterback play shouldn't be an issue for Dorsey in Green Bay.

To become a consistent option for Rodgers, however, Dorsey will need to become a much better route-runner. The Packers offense thrives on timing and anticipation, two areas Dorsey could complicate with poor understanding of route concepts. 

But much like Johnson's situation, Dorsey should get a chance to sit behind the Packers' big three—James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb—and learn the intricacies of the position. A year or two down the road, he could be ready to take over a more voluminous role in the offense—especially with Jones entering a contract year.

Opportunity awaits for the receiver who wants it.