A big, sure-handed wide receiver from Marshall University, Aaron Dobson has developed from a two-star recruit to a potential Day 2 NFL draft pick.
We talked with the Marshall Thundering Blog about the Senior Bowl participant.
Tale of the Tape
Height- 6’ 3”
Weight- 210 pounds
Can you give some background info on him and a quick overview of his career?
Aaron Dobson hails from Dunbar, West Virginia, a rare NFL prospect from the Mountain State. Coming out of South Charleston High School, Dobson was only rated a two star prospect by Rivals.com. In fact, Marshall was his only Division One scholarship offer.
It did not take the Thundering Herd coaching staff long to realize they had a steal on their hands. After a freshman year that included 15 catches for 362 yards Dobson doubled his production as a sophomore, hauling in 44 passes for 689 yards and five touchdowns. Over his two seasons as a upperclassman, Dobson registered over 100 catches, 1,347 receiving yards, and 15 touchdowns.
What are his strengths and weaknesses?
Dobson’s biggest strength is his hands. He has the ability to make routine and spectacular catches. The best example of Dobson’s incredible hands came in 2012 against ECU, Marshall fans simply call it “the catch“.
Durability is Dobson’s biggest question mark. He battled a couple different ailments during his senior season and missed two games. In fact, he might be limited at the NFL combine after pulling his hamstring while training down in Florida.
Which NFL receiver would you compare him to?
This is a great question, Dobson does not have top end speed, but he has shown the ability to get open constantly. At the high end of the spectrum he reminds me of Marques Colston, a big possession wide receiver that uses an array of moves and know how to get open instead of pure speed.
What do you think his ceiling is in the NFL?
It’s not impossible to think that Dobson could be a number one receiver in the NFL but, I see him as a team’s second option on the outside.
If you were an NFL general manager, what round would you be comfortable taking Dobson in?
Most talent evaluators have Dobson pegged as a low second or third round pick, I agree with that.
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