Phillip Dorsett, WR

School: Miami (Fla.)  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 185 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.282.571.5413 3710'2"4.116.70

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Player Overview

A three-star wide receiver recruit out of high school, Phillip Dorsett held over a dozen scholarship offers, choosing Miami (Fla.) over Florida, Notre Dame and North Carolina.

He saw the field as a true freshman, including one start, but emerged as a playmaker in his sophomore season, leading the Hurricanes in every receiving category with 58 catches for 842 yards and four scores. Dorsett started the first six games of 2013 as a junior before a left knee injury sidelined him for the next five games, finishing the 2013 season with 13 receptions for 272 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He returned healthy in 2014 as a senior and led the team in receiving yards (871) and receiving scores (10), earning Second Team All-ACC honors. Dorsett earned an invitation to the 2015 Senior Bowl.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Above average athleticism with speed to stretch the field...has no problem hitting the turbo button with multiple gears downfield...sudden off the line of scrimmage to beat press and gain a step vertically...game-changing acceleration when he gets space to work, weaving through the secondary with vision to quickly eliminate pursuit angles...shifty footwork and silky smooth moves as a ballcarrier.

Nice job locating and working back to the ball, preferring to attack with his hands...willing blocker and tougher than he looks, working the middle of the field...led the Hurricanes in receiving the two seasons he was a starter and healthy - one 200-yard and seven 100-yard receiving games...some experience as a punt (25/136/5.4/0) and kick returner (25/477/19.1/0)...has received high marks from his coaches for his improved team leadership and practice habits - was one of the team's top workers by his senior season.

WEAKNESSES: Size isn't a strength with average-at-best height/length, lean-framed body type and limited bulk...not the most natural hands or focus and will have some easy drops...needs to do a better job at the catch point to slow and use his body to shield defenders from the ball, taking advantage of his extension to finish catches...needs to add polish to his route running with some tight footwork and lack of diverse stem releases...needs to better keep his feet at the contact point...can improve his ability to direct traffic as a ballcarrier, unnecessarily running into blockers or defenders - room to improve his field awareness to better know what's going on around him.

Can be re-routed when defenders get their hands on him...holds the ball loose and ball security needs to be improved (five career fumbles)...unreliable as a blocker on the perimeter - doesn't break down or square up, lacking the technique or muscle to sustain...questionable judgment as a return man and no sure-thing to survive on special teams in the NFL...some durability due to his size and past injuries - suffered a partially torn MCL in his left knee (Oct. 2013) and nagging quadriceps injury throughout his junior year.

IN OUR VIEW: A teammate of Florida State wide receiver Rashad Greene in high school, Dorsett has elite speed with impact acceleration to burst out of his stance and turn on the jets to go get deep balls - at his best on vertical routes and crossers where he can catch in stride and let his speed go to work. While his acceleration is elite, his route-running and hand/eye coordination still need work, struggling with his technique in contested situations and as a blocker.

Dorsett led Miami in receiving the two seasons he was a healthy starter (2012, 2014), but his special teams impact was disappointing and the durability concerns cannot be ignored due to his size and limited bulk. While he still needs work, Dorsett has the "see-ya" speed and instant acceleration to be a dangerous No. 2/3 NFL receiver - will be drafted higher than he should because of his outstanding speed.

--Dane Brugler

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