Patriots grab receiver Aaron Dobson

Patriots grab receiver Aaron Dobson
April 26, 2013, 8:30 pm
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FOXBORO – The Patriots drafted the 11th wide receiver of the Bill Belichick Regime on Friday night, using the 59th overall pick on Marshall’s Aaron Dobson.
 
If he works out, the 6-3, 210-pounder will be the first wideout since 2002 to be a home-grown receiver success.
 
If he goes sideways, he’ll be another in a line of wideout selections that couldn’t live up to the high expectations of playing a complicated spot in New England.
 
Dobson’s senior season at Marshall was marred by a knee injury. He also didn’t run at the NFL Combine. When he did run at his Marshall Pro Day, Dobson was timed at 4.42 and 4.44 according to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt.
 
Dobson will be an outside receiver for the Patriots, who entered this draft with a dearth of those players. At Marshall, Dobson wasn’t a big yards per catch player (15.7, 13.6 and 11.9) but a lot of that depends on scheme, route responsibilities and quarterback play.
 
He’s a fluid player that moves gracefully and snatches the ball.
 
How NFL-ready he’ll be coming out of Marshall is something we’ll find out in the coming months. Tom Brady is a tough grader, something Bethel Johnson, Chad Jackson, P.K. Sam and other Patriots wideout picks who have gone belly-up soon found out.