A speed demon with big vertical skills, Phillip Dorsett will threaten defenses over the top. Dorsett’s timed speed translates to his tape. Big plays are his signature, whether they occur on deep passes or short catches followed by long runs.
We’re talking elite explosiveness and speed down the field, with exceptional burst to get to top speed in a hurry. He’ll eat up a cushion in man coverage and can run past cornerbacks and demand safety help over the top.
Dorsett can line up in the slot or outside the numbers. He has shown top-tier deep-ball skills and adjusts his body and eyes well over the shoulder. He has quick, soft hands and pulls the ball in away from his frame.
Dorsett was never a dominant player at Miami and had only 36 catches as a senior. He missed five games in 2013 with an injured (partially torn) MCL. Dorsett relies on pure speed instead of technique as a route-runner and must work on breaking routes and footwork when asked to plant-and-go.
He doesn’t have the play power to beat press coverage consistently and has rarely faced a jam due to his speed.
Receiving Touchdowns: 10
Bench Press: 13 reps
PRO COMPARISON: T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton should be Dorsett’s idol, and the two players have similar speed and ability down the field.
FINAL GRADE: 6.20/9.00 (Rookie Impact)