Packers take 2 receivers in 7th round

Apr. 27, 2013

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Maryland receiver Kevin Dorsey, center, against Miami on Sept. 5, 2011 in College Park, Md. File/Getty Images


The Green Bay Packers added a pair of wide receivers with their first two seventh-round draft picks in Grand Valley State's Charles Johnson and Maryland's Kevin Dorsey.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound wide receiver spent one year at Eastern Kentucky before transferring to the NCAA Division II school where he caught 128 passes for 2,229 yards and 31 touchdowns, including 1,199 and 16 scores as a senior.

He doesn’t have much of a history as a returner, combining for 12 kick and punt returns this past season.

Johnson was suspended after the 2007 season at Eastern Kentucky, attended Antelope Valley (Calif.) Community College for one season and took a year off from school before finally landing at Grand Valley State.

Charles Johnson at a glance

Position: Wide receiver.

School: Grand Valley State University.

Height, weight: 6-2, 215 pounds.

Highlights: Caught a team-high 72 passes for 1199 yards and 16 touchdowns. Ran a 4.39 40 with a 39˝-inch vertical jump. Can stretch the field with his speed and is a large target in the red zone. Not your prototypical Division II wide receiver.

Noteworthy: Spent one season at Eastern Kentucky, then took the 2009 season off before transferring to Grand Valley State in 2010. Was not invited to the NFL combine but gained notice after guaranteeing his 40-yard time would be 4.39. Some draft projections had Johnson going as high as the fifth round.

Quote: “My biggest asset, I would say, is one, my knowledge of the game. I think I have a great knowledge of the game. I’m able to know what we’re going to do as an offense.”
— Charles Johnson on his biggest strength as a receiver.

Charles Johnson's highlight reel

Dorsey, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound fifth-year senior, played in 35 career games with 11 starts. He finished with 81 career receptions for 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns.

Dorsey had 18 catches for 311 yards and four touchdowns during his senior year for a Maryland offense that churned through five different quarterbacks and finished the season with a freshman linebacker Shawn Petty under center.

Kevin Dorsey at a glance

Position: Wide receiver.

School: Maryland.

Height, weight: 6-13/8, 207 pounds.

Highlights: Started all 12 games at wide receiver for Maryland, averaging 17.3 yards per reception to lead the team. Struggled to make plays while Maryland had numerous quarterback issues in 2012, including losing three players to season-ending injuries and being forced to line up freshman linebacker Shawn Petty under center for the final four games. Caught 45 passes for 573 yards and three touchdowns as the Terrapins’ leading receiver as a junior. Impressive athlete, ran a 4.47 40 with a 37-inch vertical at the Maryland pro day.

Noteworthy: Graduate of the Forestville Military Academy, where he started at wide receiver and free safety. Labeled a four-star recruit by and and was considered the fourth-best prospect in the Mid-Atlantic region by SuperPrep out of high school. Graduated early from Maryland in the fall of 2011 with a degree in economics.

Quote: “I definitely have the speed to stretch it downfield. And I not only like the ability that I can run downfield, but I take pride in running the short routes that most people think are for the shorter or shifty receivers.”
— Kevin Dorsey on his playing style

Kevin Dorsey's big catch vs. Miami, 2011

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