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. (Complete Pro Day numbers from those who participated can be found here.)
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.
We also saw some examples of how Pro Day is priceless for those who didn’t go to the Combine.
Dominick LeGrande, Okechukwu Okoroha and Devin Arrington probably would have turned some heads at the Combine if he got an invitation. Based on his Pro Day numbers, Okoroha would have been among the Combine’s top safety prospects in the 40, the bench press and the broad jump. LeGrande would have been among the top safety performers in the 40, bench press and the vertical jump. Arrington had numbers that would’ve put him among the top linebacker performers in the 40, vertical jump and broad jump.
Those three had the luxury of performing in front of a lot of scouts who already were there to watch Dobson. Does it guarantee them a draft spot? No, but it’ll keep them in the minds of a lot of teams, and if they do happen to be rookie free agents, they’ll likely have plenty of options.