INDIANAPOLIS -- Phillip Dorsett's time with the Indianapolis Colts started off poorly and now is officially over after his trade to the New England Patriots for backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett, according to ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates.
The Colts were able to unload another one of former general manager Ryan Grigson’s underperforming draft picks while also adding quarterback insurance for the present and future in Brissett in case Andrew Luck is out an extended period of time.
The Colts went into the 2015 draft desperately needing help on defense at all three levels -- defensive line, linebacker and in the secondary. Safety Landon Collins and defensive lineman Malcom Brown were both on the board when the Colts’ No. 29 pick rolled around.
The toughest decision Grigson had to make was deciding which area was more important for the Colts, safety or defensive lineman.
Grigson and the Colts surprised everybody when they took Dorsett, the speedy receiving out of Miami.
“I think it shows that we stick to our guns in taking the best player on our board,” Grigson said at the time. “It’s not just party talk, and that’s what we did today. He was higher than anybody else on our board.”
Owner Jim Irsay said days after the pick that if late Raiders owner Al Davis was still alive that he would have said, "Don’t pass the speed up."
Dorsett ran a 4.29-second and 4.27-second 40-yard dash during his pro day. He averaged 24.2 yards per reception in his last season with the Hurricanes. His 23.3 yards per reception over his final two seasons were the most in the Football Bowl Subdivision. He was supposed to be another piece to a Colts team that was coming off an AFC Championship game appearance and thought was good enough to make a run at the Super Bowl the following season.
But the issue is Dorsett rarely displayed his speed. He finished with 51 receptions for 753 yards and three touchdowns while playing behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief in his two seasons in Indianapolis. Dorsett missed part of the offseason workouts and training camp due to injuries.
As for Brown and Collins, who were taken three and four picks, respectively, after Dorsett?
Brown has been one of the main anchors on New England's defensive line, and Collins has recorded 237 tackles and six interceptions with the New York Giants. Collins finished third in Defensive Player of the Year voting last season.