2015 NFL Draft, Grading AFC South Picks: Phillip Dorsett


Phillip Dorsett knew someone was going to take a chance on him. He’s a speedy wide receiver and he’s got hands to go along with his legs. Dorsett probably didn’t know that he would be catching balls from one of the best quarterbacks in the business, though.

Fortunately for Phillip Doresett, because he gets to catch passes from Andrew Luck for the next four to five years of his NFL career.

If you were surprised by this pick, you weren’t alone. The last thing the Indianapolis Colts really needed was another wide receiver. Andrew Luck already makes everyone he throws to look like a Pro Bowl wide receiver. They addressed the position in the offseason bringing in a Hall of Fame caliber player in Andre Johnson. They already have T.Y. Hilton. Who knows, maybe Chuck Pagano felt like he needed to win every game by 40 points in 2015. Whatever the case, this pick was slightly surprising, confusing, and definitely much better for Dorsett than for the Indianapolis Colts

That isn’t to say there isn’t anything to like about Dorsett (you need only look at his blazing fast 40 yard dash time to see he’s special) but when you’re already loaded on offense and you’re a playoff team you’re looking for that next piece who can take you over the top. I’m not certain Dorsett is that guy.

"Dorsett is fast and he’s tough. He can just accelerate off the line of scrimmage. He catches the ball easily. When he gets vertical, forget about it. He has rare ability. – Mike Mayock"


I would give this a C+ because the Colts could do so much more, but Phillip Dorsett grades out better than that. He could really be something special in the NFL and he’s going to be a in a place where he can succeed. I’m expecting big things from him while he’s with Indianapolis. In fact, he’s probably going to run all over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, and Houston Texans (even with another solid secondary piece). The Colts are now officially loaded with receivers (as if they weren’t before) so expect Andrew Luck to be happy for a few more years. The reason this is a lower grade is because the Colts have other needs to address and Dorsett isn’t a generational type talent that is going to be the best in his 2015 NFL Draft class right off the bat.

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