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When your draft analysis on NFL.com reads, “the most promising pro receiver prospect from Marshall since Randy Moss,” there are some pretty high expectations. Aaron Dobson was selected in the second round, 59th overall, by the New England Patriots.
At 6 foot 3 inches and 210 pounds, Dobson is a physical specimen who has found success on the football field since high school. After finishing his senior season, Dobson had 108 receptions, 2,365 yards and 32 touchdowns and a state title to his name.
His career at Marshall University showed little sign of decline. In his four years he recorded 165 receptions for 2,398 yards and 24 touchdowns. Dobson’s numbers surpassed his high school totals and he was playing with better competition. More and possibly most impressive is the fact that Dobson was targeted over 90 times his senior season and did not record a single dropped pass. Oh yea, and then there’s [this catch]( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCdFFFAxLz0).
At the combine, Dobson ran a 4.43 forty yard dash and had 17 repetitions on the bench press which was enough to catch the eye of Bill Belichick and the Patriots staff. With his size, speed and strength it’s likely the Patriots would like Dobson to fill the X slot and be the physical downfield presence they’ve lacked at wide receiver for the past few seasons.
Early reports out of the Patriots camp have Dobson struggling to pick up the Patriots complicated offensive scheme. This shouldn’t be cause for concern as accomplished receivers such as Chad Johnson and others had a hard time figuring out the same offense. But, with Dobson’s raw physical talent, the fact that the Patriots selected him so highly, and a talented Patriots coaching staff means that it’s more than likely that Dobson will find his way onto the field on Sundays in New England.
As of the writing of this article, reports say that Danny Amendola is the only Patriots wide receiver to be excelling in the system. Amendola is more of a slot receiver so a player like Dobson has a wide open door to carve out a place for himself on the team. And, if he can have even just half the output/impact that Randy Moss had when he played for the Patriots then Dobson’s future is very bright.
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