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Fantasy Rookie Review: Aaron Dobson, WR, Patriots
John Tuvey
May 21, 2013
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Year College Gms/Sts Rcv
Yds
Rcv
TDs
Rush
Yds
Rush
TDs
Yds from
Scrimmage
Total
TDs
2012 Marshall 10/9 679 3 0 0 679 3
2011 Marshall 13/13 668 12 18 0 686 12
2010 Marshall 12/12 689 5 1 0 690 5
2009 Marshall 12/2 362 4 0 0 362 4

  OTHER ROOKIES
  WR Tavon Austin
  QB EJ Manuel
  TE Tyler Eifert
  WR DeAndre Hopkins
  WR Cordarrelle Patterson
  WR Justin Hunter
  TE Zach Ertz
  RB Giovani Bernard
  QB Geno Smith
  WR Robert Woods
  TE Gavin Escobar
  RB Le'Veon Bell
  TE Vance McDonald
  RB Montee Ball
  WR Aaron Dobson
  RB Eddie Lacy
  RB Christine Michael
It’s not unusual for a Patriots’ selection to illicit a collective “who?” from casual observers, and the same was likely true when they called Aaron Dobson’s name in the second round. Overshadowed by other, bigger names in a deep crop of wide receivers, Dobson is in fact a classic Bill Belichick selection: a team captain with a boatload of intangibles who played—and excelled—just a shade off the beaten path at Marshall.

Nothing in Marshall’s four-year stat line stands out, aside from a dozen touchdowns as a junior, but his standout performance at the Senior Bowl indicated he could hang with the big boys. He has NFL size, good body control and great hands and ball skills, so he can compete for every catch. While Dobson has laid down some impressive 40 times he doesn’t have explosive speed; it takes him a while to build up to top speed so while he can threaten the secondary down the field he’s not a typical “take the top off a defense” burner.

Aside from the level of competition, the common knocks on Dobson from scouts are a lack of consistency and a tendency to play smaller than his 6-3, 210-pound frame suggests. Roy Williams was frequently mentioned as a comparison, as were Muhsin Muhammed and Sidney Rice. While the former was a bust—especially based on where he was picked—the latter two seem more appropriate for this situation: unheralded receivers with the potential to develop into a quality NFL target. Again, that’s a common theme for Belichick draft picks, and there will certainly be an opportunity in New England for Dobson to follow that path.


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