The New England Patriots have a nice pedigree of wide receivers who starred for the Marshall Thundering Herd going on, as the Pats used a second-round pick to select Aaron Dobson in this year’s draft. Troy Brown was the original Marshall star to flourish with the Patriots, and it will be interesting to see if Dobson can become the third. Sandwiched in between Brown and Dobson is legend Randy Moss, who, of course, had his best season catching passes from Tom Brady in 2007. The difference is that Moss isn’t a home-grown player, but the Patriots did do a nice job of resurrecting his career after trading for him from the Oakland Raiders at a very low price.
Dobson has received some high praise from Troy Brown, who seems to have a ton of respect for Dobson’s game and likes what he can bring to the table. From ESPN Boston, “He’s the kind of [receiver] they haven’t seen around here, especially in a young body. I’m not taking anything away from Deion Branch [or others], but he’s a young body with good height (6-3) and good size (210) who catches the ball very well. He had a few drops, but when you can catch, you can catch. He makes a lot of tough catches, and in this league, that’s what you have to do, especially when facing tough man-to-man coverage; you have to make some special plays and he’s capable of doing that.”
It is telling that one of the best wide receivers in franchise history praised Dobson for his ability to both stretch the field vertically (something the Patriots could really use) and move the chains in the intermediate game. Dobson has more than fair shot at developing into a true No. 1 wide receiver for the Patriots, and he certainly does offer up a high amount of upside. Brown’s assessments of Dobson are excellent, and it’s incredibly interesting to read Brown’s thoughts on a guy who plays the same position and played for the same college and pro team.
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