If former Marshall wide receiver Aaron Dobson doesn’t read what’s written about him on the Internet, he should give it a try, at least for now.
Plenty of folks are saying some pretty nice things about Dobson in the days leading up to the Senior Bowl. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. thinks he could be a first-round sleeper pick. Russ Lande of the National Football Post liked his hands and his moves to create space on his routes. New York Times reporters echoed that assessment. He’s also getting some love on Twitter, including here, here and here from some draft scouts.
And he should. At 6-foot-2 and 203 pounds, he has the size. He’s shown the ability to catch the ball away from his body. And it also shows that stats don’t always tell the tale. His touchdown totals dipped from 12 in 2011 to three in 2012, but that had as much to do with the emergence of Tommy Shuler as a 100-catch receiver and TE Gator Hoskins as a red zone threat and the resurgence of Antavious Wilson, who vaulted from one touchdown in 2011 to nine in 2012. Outside of touchdowns, Dobson had a career high in catches in 2012 and was just 10 yards off his career high in receiving yards.
It will be interesting to see how far Dobson climbs up draft boards. DE Vinny Curry was a second-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles last season, but the Herd hasn’t had a first-rounder since the Jacksonville Jaguars took Byron Leftwich seventh overall in 2003.