With the 18th pick in the seventh round of last month’s NFL draft, the first – and only – Maryland football player went off the board.
Kevin Dorsey, whose long wait ended two Saturdays ago with a call from the Green Bay Packers, is set to take part in his first rookie minicamp later this week.
Dorsey, a Forestville grad, was a consensus four-star recruit for the Terps in 2008. He bided his time behind Torrey Smith and other veteran receivers before breaking out as a junior with 45 catches for 573 yards and three touchdowns in 2011.
Maryland’s revolving door at quarterback last fall limited Dorsey to 18 catches for 311 yards and four touchdowns, but the Packers were sold on his potential.
“It was quite a chore being a receiver (for that Maryland team),” Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson told Packers.com. “The numbers won’t look that impressive, but when you watch him work, see his build and strength, he’s impressive.”
Dorsey, who earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Maryland, spoke to The Sun this week about his Terps career, getting drafted by Green Bay, and much more.
What was the weekend of the NFL draft like for you?
I guess it was the same for everybody – kind of stressful but also a very exciting moment in your life.
Were you nervous? What was going through your mind as the time passed?
I guess you could say hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. I figured it would be closer to the later rounds anyway if it did happen. I was fortunate enough for it to happen, to get drafted. I still had prepared a list of different teams you could possibly want to go to as an undrafted free agent. It just so happened Green Bay was actually No. 1 on my list. It was exactly where I wanted to be.
What did you like so much about Green Bay?
For one, I just loved the facilities. When I actually got to visit, got to meet the players and coaches, I just liked the whole town and atmosphere. You feel like it’s one big family, to be truthful. The fans are just so welcoming. The town owns the team, so you feel like you’re part of one huge family.
Where were you when Green Bay called, and what was your reaction?
I was just sitting at home with my family in my basement, with my parents, cousin, my grandparents, just watching. At that point, we had been watching all day. Some of them had dozed off, so we actually had to wake them up to see it. It was a very exciting moment to actually see your name pop up and get the call.
What do they expect from you?
Definitely come in and contribute to the team, whatever it may be. Receiver, special teams, it doesn’t really matter. That’s another thing I kind of fell in love with when I was there. It’s about just football. There’s not a lot of distractions. It’s just about football and winning. That’s what they live on.
When will you go out to Green Bay next?
I won’t be back out there until this Thursday … [for] rookie minicamp.
What are you looking forward to most about minicamp?
Really, just getting started. I can’t wait to get back out on the field and play. The season sometimes seems so far away, but it goes so fast. I can’t wait to get back out there and start playing football again.