INDIANAPOLIS – The calendar was about to flip to May, and in Indianapolis, that means one thing---speed, electric speed.
Turning left at speeds of over 200 MPH captivates thousands around the state each May at the Indianapolis 500.
The ability to blur keeps fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the edge of their seats every May, and that is going to translate at Lucas Oil Stadium this fall.
When Thursday night's opening round came to pick No. 29, the Colts looked to their board searching for something distinct.
The name "Phillip Dorsett" was hard to look away from.
"We were looking, 'Okay, is there anybody up there that has something special?' And (Dorsett) obviously has that type of speed," Colts GM Ryan Grigson said on Thursday night.
"Game breaker type speed in our dome is pretty scary to me. I think we have some outstanding weapons around our quarterback, and we have eight more picks to help hopefully bridge the gap to get this team where we want it to go."
Adding Dorsett to the Colts receivers gives Andrew Luck arguably the most dynamic group of pass catchers in the NFL.
Dorsett's ability to impact the game should extend past his big catch prowess (he averaged 24.2 yards per catch in 2014). The Colts view Dorsett as a potential return man with the creativity to employ him in multiple ways offensively.
On Thursday night, the Colts weren't sure if Dorsett was still going to be there at pick No. 29.
The obvious trait of torching defensive backs made Dorsett coveted, but the Colts were sold on several other characteristics in the 5-11, 195-pound wide receiver.
"When you've got 4.25 (40-yard dash) on grass that actually shows up that fast on film, somebody's going to take a stab at him, especially when he has natural receiving skills on top of it." Grigson said of Dorsett.
"He's got lateral allusiveness as well and can really stick his foot in the ground too, and he runs good routes. That's pretty evident on the clips they showed when he got drafted. Again, it was easy when we looked at our board on who to take. Like Coach said, he's a great young man, he's a horseshoe guy. He's the epitome of one that happens to run a 4.25 and play it."
One team that will have to account for Dorsett two times a year for the next few seasons is the Jacksonville Jaguars.
NFL.com's Michael Silver said the Jaguars war room on Thursday night definitely acknowledged the Colts for a quality selection at No. 29.
Chuck Pagano dipped back into the "U" pipeline and the head coach hopes recent track record there continues.
"He's not just a track kid playing football," Pagano said of Dorsett. "This is a tough son-of-a-gun who will catch the ball in traffic.
"This guy is a clean, clean kid that's got a million dollar smile, has good energy and will work his tail off like those Miami guys do."