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Drafted By: Patriots
  • Round 2
  • Pick 27
  • Overall 59

Combine Results

Grade
71.7 ?

Draft Analysis:

"I like his size at 210 pounds. His production was good but not elite. I'll tell you what he is: He's raw, but he's got upside. He put on a show at his pro day." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'3" Height
  • 33" Arm Length
  • 210LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

Before Dobson even started his career at Marshall, he was a proven winner. After helping lead South Charleston High School to a state title as a senior, he joined New York Giants 2012 first-round running back David Wilson on the United States Under-19 National Team that won the first Junior World Championships in Canton, Ohio in July 2009.



Though Marshall hasn’t won any Conference USA titles since Dobson arrived, they have won two bowl games. He did not have a catch as a true freshman versus Ohio in the 2009 Little Caesars Bowl, but did make two tackles in punt coverage in the 21-17 win. It was a bit of a surprise that he didn’t contribute in that game, since he had come on late in the season to finish with 15 receptions for 362 yards and four scores. He continued to impress as a sophomore and junior, earning honorable mention All-Conference USA honors by leading the Herd in receiving each season (44-689, 5 TD in 2010; 49-668, 12 TD in 2011). His two touchdowns were the difference in the team’s 21-10 win over Florida International in the 2011 Beef O’Brady’s Bowl, but most college football observers thought his amazing back-handed catch against East Carolina was one of the plays of the year. In his senior year, Dobson was named to the All-Conference USA second-team. In 10 games, Dobson caught 57 passes for 679 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Analysis

Strengths

Presents a tall, long build prototypical of outside vertical receivers. Runs a bit high but has a fair three-step game off the line. Ankle flexion to create separation on comeback patterns. Possesses strong hands, length, and good concentration to snatch high and wide passes. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder and makes acrobatic one-handed catches. Can make a catch with a defender draped on him. Difficult for smaller cornerbacks to drag him down, as he will churn through contact to get the extra yardage. Able to free himself off press coverage using his hands.

Weaknesses

Hasn’t faced many top-level defenders during his career. Owns strider’s speed, and NFL corners will make it more difficult for him to get into his routes. Not a burner, will have trouble creating consistent separation. The inconsistency of his blocking technique requires some work; he has the size to be effective but regularly hesitates to make contact, overextends, and fails to sustain against much smaller targets on the outside.

NFL Comparison

Sidney Rice

Bottom Line

Dobson -- the most promising pro receiver prospect from Marshall since Randy Moss -- has caught 15 touchdowns over the past two seasons. Dobson might not have Moss’ talent, but still possesses qualities that will likely see him selected in the first 100 picks.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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