Tight end Matt Furstenburg, the Terrapins’s lone combine invitee, was the most likely candidate. Defensive lineman A.J. Francis impressed at the East-West Shrine Game, perhaps enough to boost his stock into selection territory.
But few, if any, could have predicted that wide receiver Kevin Dorsey would be Maryland’s lone draftee once everything wrapped up at Radio City Music Hall, while Furstenburg, Francis and others fielded calls to sign undrafted free agent deals.
Before the Terps were shut out of last year’s NFL draft, at least one Maryland player was picked in every year since 1995. Coincidentally, that’s the last time the Terps also had just a seventh-rounder.
“Usually you get butterflies on game day, but just watching the TV, having the opportunity to see your name pop up, you get butterflies again,” Dorsey said Monday on WNST radio in Baltimore.
Dorsey told WNST that he visited Green Bay in March. Before the Packers picked him 224th overall (seventh round, 18th pick), Green Bay was actually Dorsey’s top choice to sign, should he go undrafted. The team’s unity helped solidify the wide receiver’s decision.
“That was one of the first things I fell in love with,” Dorsey told host Glenn Clark. “You look at it from the outside, you say they have Aaron Rodgers, a great defense, everything to win playoff games and ultimately the championship. But it was just that family atmosphere.
“You feel a part of a huge family in a sense, where everyone knows them, you know them, and you kind of coexist. It’s a storied franchise, and I got an opportunity to walk down, see their hall of fame, feel the history and everything, and ultimately how football kind of started. It was a wonderful experience. A place a true football player would want to be.”
Dorsey, who started all 12 games last year but caught just 18 passes for 311 yards and four touchdowns, also chatted about his agent, Chad Wiestling. Wiestling is the president of Sports International Group Football and a former Maryland football captain. SIG also represents Darin Drakeford, Demetrius Hartsfield and Kenneth Tate, three of Dorsey’s teammates last fall.
“It definitely helps to have someone who’s always been around the program from the beginning,” Dorsey said. “They have the ability to watch your career unfold, especially when they get the chance to talk to pro scouts or different things you hear from other things, they have almost first-hand insight into what this kid has to offer, as far as ability, as far as character, as far as everything. In a sense, you almost have a godfather watching over, being your agent, because he’s been there from day one.”
Dorsey also touched on the one truly burning question in all this: his favorite cheese.
“No favorite kind,” he said. “I’ll probably definitely have the opportunity to try different types of cheese.”
He reports for Packers rookie minicamp from May 10-12.