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    Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall -- Pro Day and Spotlight

    Here is your formal introduction to Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall -- Pro Day and Spotlight






    Be it no surprise after loooking at 50 WRs(or so) every year, this is always someone that catches your eye that isn't in the national hype.

    This year it was Aaron Dobson for me.

    2-star football recruit coming out of high school in West Virginia he considered basketball instead before choosing Marshall and having a great career there.

    His college career creep-ed to a close because of injury and the program rebuilding. His hamstring injury slowed him and many thought he is known for one of the best college football catches ever versus ECU last year but not a top WR prospect at the next level.

    Aaron Dobson is 6'3" 208lbs and his ProDay was March 17th

    Here is his results and a few notes from reporters:

    Aaron Dobson pro day:

    Ht 6ft3in
    210 lbs
    40 yard dash: 4.42, 4.44
    3 cone: 7.2
    Short shuttle: 4.29
    Bench press: 16 Reps
    Broad Jump: 10ft 1in
    Vert Jump : 35 in


    03/17/2013 - 2013 Marshall Pro Day: Scouts had to wait a little bit longer to see former Marshall WR Aaron Dobson run the 40-yard dash, but they had to have liked what they saw. A hamstring injury kept him from participating in on-field activities at the NFL Combine, but he was ready to go for Marshall's Pro Day on Wednesday and didn't show any residual signs of that hammy tweak. Dobson ran times of 4.42 and 4.40 seconds in Huntington.Remember what NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said of the importance of speed, especially for wideouts and corners? If Dobson would have run those times at the Combine, he would have been sixth-fastest among those who ran in Indianapolis. The South Charleston High graduate already is highly regarded after standout performances at Senior Bowl practices. Those 40 times prove he can motor. I'll be stunned if he waits very long to get a phone call during the NFL Draft. - Derek Redd, The Charleston Daily Mail



    Mel Kiper recently said he thinks that Dobson is a better fit for many teams over a guy like Quniton Patton and make sneak into the first round to a team like the Texans.



    Every day, Dobson sends out two tweets. One of them which says “Positive Thoughts… Positive Outcomes,” and the other, “Tgfad blessed,” which means “Thank God For Another Day.”



    To sum it up I think this kid is a legit NFL starting WR that compares to a Sidney Rice or Jerricho Cotchery but with more talent. I think he may be in the top 3 WRs in this draft and may be the "safest" guy to plug in as a game 1 starter due to his well rounded ability to catch, run routes, have strength and NFL speed.

    He does has a few concerns: small hands, injury issues and the lack of playing top talent with hard hitters all over the field.


    All and all I think this guy is now a secure Round 1 / Round 2 talent and someone the Rams should seriously consider at their Round 2 selection if he makes it there. Once projected as Round 4, I think it is safe to say he is a top 60 pick with potential to land in the 20's.


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    Re: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall -- Pro Day and Spotlight

    How can anyone say he has small hands after that catch?
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    Re: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall -- Pro Day and Spotlight

    It was a sweet catch! I wonder where Fish & Les value this ladd? hmmmm

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    Re: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall -- Pro Day and Spotlight

    I don't know if he'll ever be a superstar, but I could see Dobson developing into a solid starter at the next level. Worth a look on Day Two, IMO.

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    Re: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall -- Pro Day and Spotlight

    Great measurables, but you have to wonder why he never exceeded 700 yards in a season at Marshall.

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    Re: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall -- Pro Day and Spotlight

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    Great measurables, but you have to wonder why he never exceeded 700 yards in a season at Marshall.
    Or why he wasnt even one of the top 2 wr's(yards) on the team last year.


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    Re: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall -- Pro Day and Spotlight

    Quote Originally Posted by Tampa_Ram View Post
    Or why he wasnt even one of the top 2 wr's(yards) on the team last year.
    That's my bigger concern. In 2010 and 2011, Dobson's 689 and 668 yards (respectively) were enough to lead a team that wasn't exactly pass happy. But last year, Marshall finished 2nd in the NCAA in average pass attempts per game and first in average yards per game. If the guy is an NFL first round pick, shouldn't he be a focal point of that offense rather than being phased out for younger players?
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    Re: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall -- Pro Day and Spotlight

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    That's my bigger concern. In 2010 and 2011, Dobson's 689 and 668 yards (respectively) were enough to lead a team that wasn't exactly pass happy. But last year, Marshall finished 2nd in the NCAA in average pass attempts per game and first in average yards per game. If the guy is an NFL first round pick, shouldn't he be a focal point of that offense rather than being phased out for younger players?
    He tried to play through injury all year this past season...

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    Re: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall -- Pro Day and Spotlight

    Quote Originally Posted by richtree View Post
    He tried to play through injury all year this past season...
    That sounds like an exaggeration, based on the injury information I've read.

    He suffered a slight hip injury in the opening game against WVU and sat out the second half as a precaution. He didn't suffer his knee injury until November.

    Here's how Gil Brandt described Dobson in his pro day review...

    Aaron Dobson, WR (6-3, 211) — Despite a relatively quiet season for the Thundering Herd, Dobson impressed with the spotlight on during Marshall’s pro day. Dobson posted a 4.42 and 4.44 for the 40-yard dash to go along with a 4.29 in the short shuttle ran the three-cone drill in 7.2 seconds. He also put up the bar 16 times in the strength drill. An injury kept the wideout out of a game and a half last season, and the team’s desire to get playing time for some of the younger players led to Dobson’s decreased productivity. Dobson looked great catching the ball during drills. The wide receiver is an excellent athlete who is also a strong basketball player.
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    Re: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall -- Pro Day and Spotlight

    He personally think he wasn't 100%, but it really doesn't matter. -- the team stunk and the coaches didn't utilize him correctly, but he did have 12 touchdowns as a junior and I think that Marshall does have good college WRs and likes to spread the ball around.

    It is more important that he excelled at pro day and Senior Bowl and showed he has NFL speed. I really can't see him getting out of top 50 picks, but this WR class is looking really good at the top .

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    Re: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall -- Pro Day and Spotlight

    Well, between injuries that lingered longer than reported, a bad team around him, a coaching staff that suddenly forgot how to utilize him, and a gameplan designed to spread the ball around, I'm sure Dobson more than anyone is happy to hear that his 2012 decline in production says nothing about him as a player and it's simply everyone else's fault!

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