When the Green Bay Packers lost two key wide receivers this past offseason, Packers’ General Manager Ted Thompson drafted two wide receivers in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft. One of those two selections was former Maryland Terrapin Kevin Dorsey, who the Packers selected with the 18th pick of the 7th round (224th overall).
A big receiver (6’3, 210), Dorsey was a four-star recruit on rivals.com. Rated the 77th best high school player in the nation after the 2007 season, Dorsey excelled at both receiver and safety at Forestville Military Academy in Maryland.
Dorsey, who redshirted his first year at Maryland after undergoing left foot surgery, caught 81 passes for 1,088 yards and 9 touchdowns-in his ENTIRE collegiate career.
A preseason all-ACC selection before his senior season, Dorsey caught 18 passes for 311 yards and four touchdowns in his final year. It’s hard to blame Dorsey for his lack of production though, not because he battled continuous foot injuries during his time at College Park, but the Terrapins had FIVE different quarterbacks throw at least one pass during the 2012 season.
“They had a lot of injuries at quarterback in Maryland”, said Thompson in an April press conference, “so it was quite a chore being a receiver there”.
Between Maryland quarterbacks Perry Hills, Shawn Petty, Caleb Rowe, Devin Burns, and Stefon Diggs, the Terps’ quarterback group completed 54% of their passes (103rd in the nation) for 2,181 yards (104th), threw 17 touchdowns (81st), compiled a 125.1 passer rating (83rd), and were sacked 40 times (7th-most).
Dorsey, who was a senior captain on the Terrapins, had a team-best 17.3 yards per reception and was the lone Terp selected in the draft. Despite his lack of production and re-occurring foot injuries in college, Dorsey ran a 4.47 40-yard dash and recorded a 38-inch vertical jump at Maryland’s pro day.
Thompson obviously feels Dorsey is a better player than what was shown on paper, and the kid from Maryland has the chance to excel with an NFL MVP (Aaron Rodgers) potentially throwing the football his way in Green Bay on a consistent basis.
“He is a good sized guy, runs well”, Thompson said. “He had a really good pro day workout. He has good height and length, and really good flexibility in and out of his (receiving route) cuts”.
Dorsey will be competing for one of potentially three open roster spots at the wide receiver position in training camp. If he makes the cut, the 23 year-old Dorsey will wear the number 16.
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