December 20, 2011; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Marshall Thundering Herd wide receiver Aaron Dobson (3) reacts after he scored a touchdown during the second quarter of the Beef

What To Expect From WR Aaron Dobson

The New England Patriots had some needs they needed to address during the NFL Draft, and they did that by drafting WR Aaron Dobson out of Marshall. The biggest need for the Patriots prior to entering the draft was arguably Wide Receiver or Corner-back. They truly needed that big outside wide receiver and that is exactly what they got by drafting Aaron Dobson with the #59th pick in the NFL Draft. Due to the lack of outside threat, Dobson will be given every opportunity to be a starter on this football team. The only true lock right now with the wide receivers is Danny Amendola who is limited to the inside mostly, but could occasionally play on the outside if needed.

There will be heavy competition for any wide receiver to win the starting outside wide receiver job and Dobson has the best chance to do that.  He has exceptional hands and great size at 6’3” 210 pounds. A key for this offense next season is to spread the field more often than they have done in the past and having Dobson on the field gives them the best opportunity to do so. He has big play potential written all over him and can make the remarkable catch easily. The only problem is that he isn’t a great route runner as he didn’t have to run a lot of complex routes at Marshall.

Expect Dobson to have his fair share of touches and touchdowns next season if he can understand the offense fairly quickly. If he can do that, expect him to be on the field starting week 1. His potential is through the roof and could possibly be the next great wide receiver in New England if he lives up to his potential.


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