Safety Myles Dorn has plenty to prove after not being selected in last week’s NFL draft. Just ask his dad.
Dorn’s father, Torin, was an NFL defensive back from 1990-96 with the Los Angeles Raiders and St. Louis Rams. He expects the Minnesota Vikings to be impressed with his son after they signed him as a college free agent out of North Carolina.
“He didn’t get drafted because he wasn’t able to run,” Torrin said, noting his son was not invited to the combine and North Carolina’s pro day being canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic
“Scouts thought he was as slow as molasses, but he has speed. It’s there, and he will be able to prove it once he gets in a camp.”
Torin Dorin said his son was clocked in the 4.5-second range in the 40-yard dash at North Carolina, and he’s not sure why scouts thought he was slow entering the draft. As for whether Myles was faster than Torin in his heyday, he’s not about to go that far.
“I don’t think any of my kids could have touched me,’’ said Torin, who played with the Tar Heels from 1986-89. “Coming out of North Carolina, I ran 4.4.’’
In addition to Myles, 21, Torin and his wife, Rhonda, have two other sons who are athletes. Torin Dorn Jr., 24, played basketball at North Carolina State and spent last season with a team in Poland. Nicholas Dorn, 15, plays basketball at Vance High School in Charlotte, N.C.
Shortly after the draft ended last Saturday, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Myles agreed to a deal with the Vikings. His father then gave him some advice.
“He was very excited just to know his son has the same opportunity that he had,” Myles said. “We kind of had a long conversation about it being a business and taking care of your business and knowing what that means and coming in every day, being on time and knowing what you’re supposed to do.”
NFL draft analyst Dane Brugler had listed Myles as a possible seventh-round pick after four seasons with the Tar Heels. He finished his career with six interceptions, 21 passes defended and 10½ tackles for loss.
Dorn doesn’t deny he was disappointed when his name wasn’t called.
“All growing up as a kid you kind of have this dream of getting drafted, and so if I said I wasn’t disappointed, I’d be lying to you,” he said. “It’s definitely motivation. … Not getting drafted, I think it was a blessing in disguise more than anything. … I got to choose where I came. I think I’m in a good fit.”
Myles chose the Vikings because they need depth at safety after the free-agent departures of Andrew Sendejo and Jayron Kearse. They also selected safety Josh Metellus out of Michigan in the sixth round, and Mississippi State’s Brian Cole II in the seventh.
Minnesota’s starters at safety are Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris. Myles knows plenty about both.
“I kind of watch film a lot on the Vikings,” he said. “I’m a big fan of Harrison Smith, so that’s somebody I’ve watched throughout my college career. And then Anthony Harris is a guy that I kind of knew about just because of his story.”
Harris worked his way up from being undrafted out of Virginia in 2015 to recently getting a one-year franchise tag of $11.441 million.
“Coming in undrafted. you just kind of want to see hope,” Myles said. “All you want is an opportunity.”
He will get one with the Vikings. His father expects he will make the most of it.
“I know that he’s faster than molasses,” he said with a laugh.