Though it's been just four days of training camp, one thing has already been clear: the Indianapolis Colts are loaded at the wide receiver position. T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, Donte Moncrief, Phillip Dorsett, Duron Carter, Griff Whalen, and others have all been having great camps so far, and the Colts have an abundance of players at the position for quarterback Andrew Luck.
It was that same argument used by fans when they were upset with the team drafting wide receiver Phillip Dorsett in the first round of this year's draft - because, to many, the Colts had enough receivers and desperately needed defensive help. As time has gone on, however, more fans have grown to accept the move, in large part because they've realized that Dorsett is indeed a very good player.
We knew that the Colts loved him and that's why they drafted him, but just how highly do the Colts think of Phillip Dorsett? According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Colts believe he could be a superstar. Rapoport appeared on the Around the NFL podcast recently and, as NFL.com's Chris Wesseling records, he had some good things to say about the Colts' rookie wideout.
"They could not be higher on Phillip Dorsett," Rapoport said. "I think they think they added a superstar." The NFL Network insider also said that he talked to a Colts' coach about whether he was surprised that they drafted Dorsett instead of adding a defensive player to help. The coach's response? "Well, no. This guy's that good."
Dorsett is a player with great speed and who can be a very exciting playmaker. Colts general manager Ryan Grigson, doing an interview with Dan Dakich on 1070 the Fan yesterday, called the decision to draft Dorsett an "easy choice." The GM noted that, "the talent was glaring on the board, and there's about twenty people that were in there that saw that name standing alone by itself on our draft board, and as an old scout, for me to dip down into another position group that we felt a lesser talent, that would be foolish and that would go against anything I stand for or I was ever taught."
The Colts think very highly of Dorsett, and so far in camp it's been easy to see why, as he has been very impressive - making some nice catches, showing off his speed, and being able to get open. He's also been working as a punt and kick returner, something he might be doing this year for the Colts as well, hoping to utilize that speed even more. Whatever the Colts can do to get the ball in his hands this year will be a good thing, as he can make plays and can be explosive. Especially if the Colts' offense ends up featuring the downfield passing game as much as we think it might after watching training camp, Dorsett could be in for a big role in his rookie season and then for years to come as well playing alongside Andrew Luck. And if you ask the Colts, it sounds as if they think he could turn into a superstar. Let's hope that happens.