I would love to say that I had a revelation, one morning over a bowl of cereal and a black coffee, I thought to reach out to these site editors to ask for their opinion on a prospect we were interested in. Unfortunately that's not the case.
Instead, Jerry Steinberg managing editor of State of the U, Jets fan and reader of Gang Green Nation came to me to offer his help and opinion on any Miami prospect that we wanted to cover. I instantly thought of Phillip Dorsett, a player we have shown significant interest in.
Below you can read our conversation as it happened, and I guarantee that at the end of it, you'll know a lot more about Dorsett and his professional potential:
DW: So you have watched Phillip Dorsett for years, he's a burner, that's obvious, but is that all he is?
Jerry Steinberg: That is his biggest strength, with out a doubt. He ran the fastest 40 ever recorded at Miami (when you go to the same school as Santana Moss, Andre Johnson, and Devin Hester among others that says a lot)
His senior season other aspects of his game evolved. He started making touch catches in traffic. He broke off routes early when needed to help his freshman QB, and showed an impressive general understanding of the game. He threw some key down field blocks on long running plays.
In essence he was a more complete player. And despite putting up big numbers, many who follow the 'Canes (including Clinton Portis whom I spoke with on Friday) feel he was underutilized.
DW: You say he broke off his routes when he needed to, how would you grade his routes in general? Is he a good route runner, has he been asked to run pro style routes at Miami?
I was also wondering if he showed any signs last year of the partial tear to his MCL that he suffered in 2013?
Jerry Steinberg: Honestly, that was one aspect of his game I would rate as incomplete. Mostly because Miami asked him to run a ton of 9 routes. I can't recall seeing him run many comebacks, slants, simple out routes etc.
DW: Running a good drag route can be extremely effective in the NFL can't it. Do you foresee any problems with Phillip learning the route tree? Has he enjoyed a reputation as a fast learner at Miami? Is he considered a hard working, easy to coach type player?
As a Jets fan, you will know many fans are wary of the straight speed, inconsistent route runner type receivers (Stephen Hill), how good are Dorsett's hands? Has he had many drops in college, does he maintain concentration through the catch or is he prone to the easy drops that plague so many college receivers?
DW: He sounds like a very promising player and getting players the ball in space is something we hope Chan Gailey to do.The Jets have reportedly shown a fair bit of interest in Dorsett, if he were drafted, where do you see him fitting? Can I have your opinion on his ceiling? Does he had the potential to be a #1 receiver in the league, to be he looks like a #2 guy and a perfect slot receiver.