NFP Prospect Focus: Dorsett, Smith and Coates

Phillip Dorsett – WR – Miami 5096 – 185 – 4.27 (pro day) Dorsett is a speedster with good, not great production. If he had played with a better quarterback and in a different offense, his production would have been much better. He tested out as one of the better athletes in the wide receiver group this year. Strong Points – He has rare speed athleticism and explosion. Anytime he is on the field, he is an instant deep threat. His hands have shown steady improvement, and he adjusts well to the ball in the air. He can make the acrobatic catch and can be very difficult to cover in man coverage because of his speed and burst. He is an excellent kick returner. Weak Points – He has just average size. He needs to still develop his overall route running ability, and his college production is average given his natural physical traits (QB, offense). Summation – He has as much upside as any receiver in this draft. His size may limit him to being a slot only receiver. He is an instant home run threat, and if he catches the ball in the open field, it's six points. He will be a returner and role player while he is developing his route running ability, but by year two, he will be an important part of the offense of the team that drafts him. Devin Smith – WR – Ohio State 6000 – 196 – 4.42 Smith is a three year starter who kept getting better from year to year. That said, he still has a tremendous amount of upside. Strong Points – Smith has good size and can show some physicality and toughness. He timed 4.42 and plays faster. He is a top athlete with speed and body control. He is a very good vertical threat, has good hands, and does an excellent job adjusting to deep throws. He is a consistently good runner after the catch and a willing blocker. He has been a core special teams player at Ohio State. Weak Points – He still needs to develop his overall route running ability. His hands are a bit small (9”). While he has good hands, he will body catch some throws. At times, he has trouble getting off a jam. Summation – Smith is a better player than his production shows. He is an excellent deep threat and is outstanding at adjusting to the deep throws. With his speed and run instincts, he is dangerous after the catch. His game still needs to be fully developed, but he will be a very good special team’s player while he is learning. I see him as a role player as a rookie and a full-time starter by his second year. He would be a very good second round pick who could sneak into the bottom of the first round because of his speed. Sammie Coates – WR – Auburn 6010 – 212 – 4.43 Sammie is a fourth year junior who entered the draft. He did not play as a freshman because of an injury then played as part of the wide receiver rotation in 2012. He started 19 games over the last two seasons and played in 25. Strong Points – Sammie has very good size to go along with excellent top end speed. He shows both courage and toughness on the field, has become a consistent vertical threat, and makes big plays. He has very good quickness off the line of scrimmage getting into his routes. Defenses have to account for his deep ball ability. The fact that he is a deep threat opens up things for the other receivers on the underneath routes. Weak Points – He has some tightness in his hips making him a bit of a straight-line athlete. He has concentration lapses and drops too many passes. He slows down going in and out of cuts and is unable to gain separation. He is an outside receiver only and looked very average at the Senior Bowl. Summation – While he tested out well at the Combine, he plays like a straight-line athlete. His production doesn’t match his speed and athleticism. He had only 34 receptions and four touchdowns in 2014. He is a big-time vertical threat but needs work on the rest of his game. He has far too many drops. Right now, he is just an outside the numbers vertical receiver. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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