Andrew Fialkow with a breakdown of New York Jets UDFA Greg Dortch…
- Name: Greg Dortch
- School: Wake Forest
- Position: WR
- Height: 5′ 7″
- Weight: 173 lbs
- Career Stats: 142 REC, 1800 YDS, 17 TD’S; 1,211 RET YDS, 2 TDS
Pro Day Results: Dortch did not participate in the combine due to a wrist injury, but this was written by a local newspaper about his pro day: “Official times aren’t available at pro day, as scouts refrain from commenting on or off the record. Dortch said his 40-yard dash times were around 4.49 seconds and 4.52, which roughly lines up with unofficial times taken from the observation deck of McCreary Field House. His times in the shuttle and three-cone drill reportedly were more impressive.”
Strengths: Dortch finished his redshirt sophomore year with 89 catches for 1,078 yards. He ranked as PFF’s highest graded slot receiver over his two years at Wake Forest. Dortch has a unique toughness to him, especially for his size, as he once finished a game with a punctured small intestine. Extremely good after the catch, very elusive and has potential breakaway speed working in the middle of the field. Great hand-eye coordination, underrated catch ability with numerous one handed catches that stand out on film. A self proclaimed guy that can play multiple positions, he was an impressive return specialist for punt and kick. Dortch averaged almost 8 receptions and 90 yards per game, so his heavy usage for his size is a welcome sign.
Weaknesses: His stature jumps off the page as a concern for many scouts. Size a concern for obvious reasons but also for his catch radius being limited. Needs to run routes with more urgency from the slot in the NFL to maximize production, especially when being played by press. Had some of his bigger games against worse competition, didn’t play great competition as the ACC regressed in 2018. Sometimes does a poor job of coming back to the ball and waits for it to get to him. Doubts about his ability to go up against bigger slot cornerbacks in the NFL.
Final thoughts: Extremely smart flier by former GM Mike Maccagnan. While he has trouble hitting on receivers during the draft, this one could be a hit for the Jets. Dortch, should have a place on the Jets roster as they need receiver depth, and can fall right behind a player with similar ability to him in Jamison Crowder. Not only can he provide slot receiver depth at a thin receive position, Dortch should be given a chance to electrify the return game for the Jets, one that has lacked explosion in the recent past. As an All-American return man, it’s a no-brainer to give Dortch a shot as the return specialist, especially after Andre Roberts was lost in free agency. Although Deonte Thompson is seemingly the next man up, he has 0 punt returns in his career. If groomed, Dortch can not only be a contributor as a returner for his first couple years (he’s only 21 years old), but a possible Crowder replacement as well in the slot.