Phillip Dorsett: 'I can't be more happy'

Speedy Miami wide receiver overjoyed to be selected by the Colts with the 29th overall choice in Thursday's NFL draft.

Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett spoke with the Indianapolis Colts enough to suspect they might select him in Thursday’s NFL draft in Chicago.

But until that moment occurred with the 29th overall pick, Dorsett still had some uncertainty.

“I kind of figured it would happen, but you never know when it comes to the draft,” Dorsett said on a conference call with Indianapolis media. “I’m just blessed and I can’t wait to get there and go to work.”

The Colts added the 5-10, 183-pound speedster to a receiver corps of T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, Donte Moncrief and Duron Carter. Dorsett and Carter were high school teammates.

“Adding to that,” Dorsett said, “I think it can be one of the best.”

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano said Dorsett, who ran 4.27- and 4.29-second 40-yard dashes on pro day, was the highest player available on the team’s draft board when it was time to choose at around 11 p.m.

“I didn’t visit, but I talked with them a lot,” Dorsett said. “I had a meeting with them at the NFL Combine and the conversations went really well. I’m guessing they liked what they saw on film and me as a person. I’m just glad it happened and I can’t be more happy.”

Dorsett scored 10 touchdowns on his 36 receptions as a senior and averaged 24.4 yards per catch while playing with a freshman quarterback. He caught 121 passes for 2,132 yards (17.6-yard average) and 17 touchdowns in his 45-game college career.

His speed and toughness have the Colts thinking he will make an ideal slot receiver.

What has him even more excited is the opportunity to play with three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Andrew Luck, who led the NFL with 40 touchdown passes last season.

“That’s the best thing about it honestly,” Dorsett said. “Being able to play with an amazing quarterback like that is one of the best feelings ever. He’s such a great quarterback and he makes his receivers better. I can’t wait to get ready and play with him.”

The Colts are obviously sold on University of Miami talent. Pagano used to be a Hurricanes assistant coach, where he was involved in the recruitment of Johnson, who recently signed with the Colts in free agency. The team also added for “U” running back Frank Gore.

Fourteen years ago, the Colts used a late first-round pick on Hurricanes wide receiver Reggie Wayne, who became the franchise’s all-time wins leader and six-time Pro Bowl star. The team recently decided not to re-sign the 36-year-old fan favorite.

“Yeah, I talk to Reggie Wayne a lot,” Dorsett said. “Actually, every time we go into the weight room I see him and we chop it up a little bit on things I can do to make me a better player.”

Asked about being the next Wayne, he said, “I know what I’m up against and I’m up for it.”

The Colts said they could also look to utilize him as a returner, although the team still has Josh Cribbs under contract for next season.

“I know what I can bring to the team,” Dorsett said. “I’m just trying to cherish the moment and I know I’m going to give my all for the Indianapolis Colts.”


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