Should WR Phillip Dorsett be on the Jaguars’ Radar?


Phillip Dorsett, wide receiver out of the University of Miami, just posted blazing fast 4.25 and 4.27 40-yard dashes at his pro day on April first. Those times are an improvement on his already impressive 4.33 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

As we ramp up toward the draft and the Jacksonville Jaguars become linked more and more frequently with early round receivers, we’ve got to wonder if Dorsett deserves to be on the radar for the Jags.

I think he does.

There’s no doubt that Phillip Dorsett is not worth the third overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft. He’s a good player, but he isn’t one of the premier players at his position in this year’s draft class both statistically and athletically. While his 40-yard dash time was good and he was also a top performer in the cone drill at the NFL Scouting Combine, he wasn’t impressive at the other drills. Even with repeated fast 40s at his pro day, don’t expect him to leap off the page in other athletic measurements when compared to his peers.

That isn’t to say he should be ignored simply because he only did well in a few drills.

Phillip Dorsett is a borderline first round pick and definitely going to be gone by the end of the second round. It would be an absolute shock to see him available at the top of the third. As hype continues to build around him, that borderline first round pick may sneak into the top 32 selections. If, however, he does fall to the second round then the Jaguars may be waiting to snap him up with the fourth pick in that round.

The big draw for the 5’10” receiver isn’t his overall production or even athleticism, but rather his ability to get into the end zone. In 2014 he had 10 touchdowns for Miami on just 36 receptions. That’s a tough rate to beat. He averaged 24.2 yards per reception in that season, easily proving to be a viable big play threat. Those 24.2 yards per reception built off an already decent 14.5 in 2012.

This isn’t to say that Dorsett is going to be the best available player when the Jaguars are picking near the top of the second round or even that he’ll be the best available receiver, but if he does come available the Jaguars had best have done their homework because they need a receiver who is explosive and can score for the team. Dorsett offers that.

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