Colt Scout: New RB DeDe Dorsey

Even though the Colts didn't get to see rookie DeDe Dorsey run when the Bengals visited the RCA Dome last Friday, they didn't hesitate to add him to their roster when he hit the waiver wire. Jerry Langton tells you why and how he fits in with the Colts...

Dede Dorsey RB, Lindenwood

5'11 (5105)/194 pounds/4.43 forty-speed

2005 stats (Lindenwood): 249-1354-15 rushing, 11-124-2 receiving, 5-129-0 kick returns, 1-1-27-0-0 passing

2006 preseason (Bengals): 20-149-0 rushing, 3-80-0 receiving, 3-53-0 kick returns, 1 special-teams tackle

The player: Talk about your needle in the haystack. Because of a series of injuries suffered in his senior year of high school, Dorsey wasn't heavily recruited by any major college and wound up at Ottawa — that's a small school in Kansas. Although he starred as a two-way player (he was an NAIA All-American at free safety) there, he followed his coach, Patrick Ross, up the road to Lindenwood. There, he concentrated on playing halfback and became a huge small-college star, regularly tearing off long runs and turning broken plays into considerable gains. He was such an offensive mainstay for the Lions that he never really learned much about receiving (although he did prove deadly on the few passes he did catch) or blocking. When I watched him with the Bengals, he showed outstanding vision and a great deal of creativity. On one play, he was caught for what appeared to a big loss and reversed the field for a 22-yard gain. He is able to slip through the tiniest of cracks and has such a quick take-off that he's almost impossible to catch behind the line of scrimmage. Still, Dorsey is small, potentially fragile at the pro level, and still needs some development to round out his skill set as a running back. Until he gets some more coaching and experience, you don't want him carrying the ball on fourth and inches or protecting your quarterback against the Steelers' zone blitz.

How he fits: Dorsey has the natural ability to help alleviate the Colts' lack of depth at halfback, but will need to learn a lot before he can play often. Even then, he'll likely have to be spotted — used in two-back situations or as a slot receiver — because his lack of blocking prowess might never be overcome. But a guy with Dorsey's running ability comes around very rarely and the Colts would be wise to figure out a way to take advantage of it. And if he doesn't make it as a halfback, he also plays a pretty good game of free safety.

Reminds me of: Derrick Blaylock, the Jets (and former Chiefs) halfback who is awesome when he has the ball in his hands and somewhat lost when he doesn't.

Photo provided by Lindenwood University Athletics

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