2013 NFL Draft: Aaron Dobson Prospect Profile


Oct 22, 2011; Houston, TX, USA; Marshall Thundering Herd wide receiver Aaron Dobson (3) runs after a catch against the Houston Cougars during the second quarter at Robertson Stadium. Houston won 63-28. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Attempting to follow the footsteps of Randy Moss, in terms of football success not character, Aaron Dobson is hopeful to be the next Marshall University widereceiver to make an impact in the NFL. He made himself known in 2011’s Beef-O-Brady Bowl, winning the Bowl game MVP award. Furthermore, he was invited to participate in theSenior Bowl and continued to create positive buzz. Dobson has never posted less than 650 receiving yards since his sophomore year. He was not able to participate in the Combine drills due  to an apparent hamstring injury, so he will have to ‘wow’ scouts at his Pro Day.

 6″3, 210 lbs.

Aaron Dobson possess the size of a prototypical widereceiver. He is better suited as a complimentary number two widereceiver. Dobson has strong hands and does a great job in catching deep passes, particularly the ‘over-the-shoulder throws’. He can make the highlight catches that one sees on television. His high jumping ability and good hand-eye coordination makes him an ideal receiver for any quarterback. Aaron Dobson also quieted his critics about his ability to play against top players when he show cased his talent against the top seniors at the Senior Bowl, and did well.

Aaron Dobson is by no means a player with elite speed, despite him playing deep consistently. He does not consistently separate from defenses, and his blocking ability is below average. Scouts has considered Dobson to have limited upside, because they perceived him not to be very athletic. His touchdown totals also decreased dramatically, which may or may not be his fault; but still a concern.

Aaron Dobson may make a name for himself yet in the NFL. He has scouts excited about his size and catching ability, but his role may just be limited to a complimentary wideout. Teams will feel that they have a safe prospect in Dobson, and that may mean he will fall somewhere between the third and fourth round.

Grade: 7.2