The wait is over. With the 29th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts have selected Miami wide receiver Phillip Dorsett.
The Colts added a wide receiver when they have T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, Donte Moncrief, and even Duron Carter and with a lot of good defensive players left on the board. Dorsett is a very fast wideout (reminding many of T.Y. Hilton), but guys like Landon Collins, Malcom Brown and Eddie Goldman were still on the board when the Colts picked. I have a feeling that there will be a lot of unhappy Colts fans tonight.
Basically, this is the same exact strategy that Bill Polian and the Colts took early in the Peyton Manning era. They loaded up on offensive weapons, spending early picks on guys like Edgerrin James, Reggie Wayne, and Dallas Clark to add to a group of players that already featured Marvin Harrison for Manning to throw to. Their strategy was to build the offense to an elite level and hope the defense wasn't a liability. That seems to be the same logic that Ryan Grigson and the Colts are using now. By loading up on offensive players, they're doing everything they can to make this offense elite and then hoping that the defense won't be too much of a liability.
With that said, however, there are a lot of needs for the team that are bigger than receiver. And while this might have been a case of the Colts simply valuing Dorsett quite a bit and sticking with best player available, it seems like a bit of a reach both in terms of value and in terms of need.
Here's what our own Andrew Aziz wrote on Dorsett in his draft guide (details on how to get the guide are here):
Dorsett is lanky speedster who was one of the fastest players in the NCAA last season. He offers value as a returner as well. As a receiver, he can play in the slot or the outside, showing good versatility. He fights for balls and shows the ability to consistently win 50/50 balls. He has good hands and consistently makes catches away from his body. What makes Dorsett very good is that he's dangerous after the catch and in the open field. He is a playmaker. There are some questions about getting separation if jammed.
Dorsett should bulk up, and despite missing the 2013 season with a partially torn MCL, many teams should target him due to his playmaking ability.
NFL Ceiling: Top 12 Receiver
NFL Draft Projection: 2nd Round
Here are the remaining Colts' picks in the draft:
- Second Round - 61st overall pick
- Third Round - 93rd overall pick
- Fourth Round - 128th overall pick
- Fifth Round - 165th overall pick
- Sixth Round - 204th overall pick
- Sixth Round - 206th overall pick (from the Seattle Seahawks)
- Seventh Round - 244th overall pick (from the Dallas Cowboys)
- Seventh Round - 255th overall pick (compensatory pick)
Here are the Colts remaining needs (in no particular order):
- Running Back
- Offensive Lineman
- Defensive Lineman
- Inside Linebacker
- Pass Rusher