In an overlooked position, one overlooked prospect could be the answer for the Patriots.
Former roommate and quarterback Bill Stull uses three words to characterize Dorin: “He’s a freak.”
Stull also added, “He’s a mismatch waiting to happen at tight end.” He was named to the FWAA All-America Team after his senior season; the first tight end to receive that honor since Mike Ditka in 1960.
Scouts are having problems even trying to classify the multi-dimensional star. He started at Pitt as a wideout/kick returner, then shifted to linebacker, then transformed into a tight end for his final two seasons.
The feeling is that his best chance to play is at fullback, but with his hands and speed teams are more likely to keep him at tight end.
Let’s take a look at Dorin Dickerson.
Dorin Dickerson ’ s Bio
Secondary Position: FB/HB/WR
Weight: 226 lbs
Vertical Jump: 35.5”
40-Yard Dash: 4.40 (fastest of all tight ends; 22nd fastest of all players that ran the 40-yard dash)
20-Yard Dash: 2.55
10-Yard Dash: 1.53
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.30
Bench Press: 24
Vertical Jump: 43 1/2"
Broad Jump: 10’05”
Pittsburgh Pro Day Results
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.23
College Career Stats
He had 63 receptions in three years at Pittsburgh, 49 of which came during his senior season, for 708 yards and 12 touchdowns. Dickerson was also used as a fullback in some situations and gained 50 yards on five attempts and scored a touchdown.
No. 8 WR out of 70
No. 115 of 2,322 total
Projected Round: Third-Fourth
High Round: Second
Low Round: Fourth-Fifth
Good release from stance, but gets to top speed quicker when in motion. Uses speed to separate from linebackers but doesn’t have second gear to burst to the ball. Great pass catcher out of the backfield and reacts well to high and wide throws. Good body control, and has strong hands to take ball away from defenders.
Sometimes waits for the ball instead of going to get it. Doesn’t have the greatest feet to be in-and-out of routes quickly, good on up-and-out routes, sells the fake well, good sideline control. Surprises a lot of defenders with speed, and better with the ball in his hands. Elusive after the catch, uses experience of playing linebacker when blocking, very effective in sealing the edge. Played three positions for Pitt and displayed that same versatility in high school.