Former Marshall and South Charleston High receiver Aaron Dobson, a second-round pick of the New England Patriots in this past weekend’s NFL Draft, looks like he’s walking in to a pretty good situation in terms of contributing early to the Pats’ offensive fortunes.
According to the depth chart on the Patriots’ website, the team has no wideout on the two-deep that stands taller than 6 feet. That should give the 6-2 3/4 Dobson an edge this offseason. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said during a Monday conference call that both Dobson and fourth-round pick Josh Boyce out of Texas Christian University will have to contribute early.
Ironically, you think about Randy Moss and the impact he had in New England as a Marshall product. Now you have another Marshall receiver who’s got the length and the hands that you look for. The question with Dobson is going to be separation, will he be precise as a route runner or be slow getting out of his break? A lot is going to be expected of both Dobson and Josh Boyce.
(Moss isn’t the only Marshall receiver to impact the Patriots. Troy Brown won three Super Bowls in Foxboro and is No. 2 on New England’s career list for receptions and receiving yards.)
The Patriots need someone who can stretch the field. Rob Gronkowski, who might not be ready for training camp, was the team’s top yards-per-catch guy … and he was 30th at 14.4 yards per catch. So the table looks set for Dobson to make a difference in a short time.