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2015 NFL DRAFT

Aaron Dobson, WR

School: Marshall  |  Conference: C-USA
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Dunbar, WV
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 210 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
117143-4
Latest News
03/17/2013 - 2013 Marshall Pro Day: Scouts had to wait a little bit longer to see former Marshall WR Aaron Dobson run the 40-yard dash, but they had to have liked what they saw. A hamstring injury kept him from participating in on-field activities at the NFL Combine, but he was ready to go for Marshall's Pro Day on Wednesday and didn't show any residual signs of that hammy tweak. Dobson ran times of 4.42 and 4.40 seconds in Huntington.

Remember what NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said of the importance of speed, especially for wideouts and corners? If Dobson would have run those times at the Combine, he would have been sixth-fastest among those who ran in Indianapolis. The South Charleston High graduate already is highly regarded after standout performances at Senior Bowl practices. Those 40 times prove he can motor. I'll be stunned if he waits very long to get a phone call during the NFL Draft. - Derek Redd, The Charleston Daily Mail

02/20/2013 - Aaron Dobson knows from where he came as a football player, and he knows where he's going. The former Marshall star just can't quite use his 4.30 speed in the 40 to get there these days. Dobson heads from Florida to Indianapolis on Thursday for four days at the NFL Combine as one of the top wide receiver prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft, where he figures to be the 38th player in Herd history selected, dating back to running back Everett "Boot" Elkins, chosen in the 17th round by the Chicago Cardinals in 1939.

Dobson's stock was underscored last month in workouts prior to the Senior Bowl. That's a good thing, because the 6-foot-3, 203-pound MU senior from Dunbar and South Charleston High is hobbled with a pulled right hamstring.

"I competed well at the Senior Bowl and I showed what I could do and I definitely proved myself worthy," Dobson said Wednesday from Bradenton, Fla., where he's one of 42 draft hopefuls who have been prepping for the combine at IMG Academy. "I showed it doesn't matter that I played for a smaller school. It showed that I can play.

"I'm definitely disappointed to go to the combine and not be able to do everything. I wanted to go there and compete and showcase myself and Marshall, showed I belong there because I know I do. I've tried to stay positive about it. My attitude is still good, because the goal is the same." - Jack Bogaczyk, Herdzone.com

01/24/2013 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, WEDNESDAY: While the top wideout in Mobile is on the South squad (Quinton Patton), the North group of receivers has been very intriguing as a unit. I talked about Wheaton and Goodwin in the section above as risers, but Kansas State's Chris Harper and Marshall's Aaron Dobson have also stood out. Harper probably won't have a great 40-yard dash time, but he is a natural hands-catcher who uses his body well in coverage. Dobson has displayed explosive athleticism and fluid ankles in his routes, showing burst in-and-out of his breaks to create separation. Harper and Dobson are different types of receivers, but both could sneak into the late second day. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/22/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Tuesday: While Trufant won most of the battles, Wheaton and Dobson certainly enjoyed their moments against he and the rest of the North defensive backs. The 5-11, 183 pound Wheaton has excellent straight-line speed and the agility to make defenders miss in the open field. He showed the ability to set up defenders with subtle double-moves, beating talented Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor for a long touchdown on one memorable play.

Dobson lacks Wheaton's rare speed but is a savvy route-runner whose body control and reliable hands made him a standout throughout practice. He made arguably the catch of the day early on, leaping high and contorting his body to haul in a difficult deep pass over tight coverage and came up limping. Dobson was held out of much of the remaining one on one drills but showed his toughness in returning during the 11 on 11 scrimmage towards the end of practice.

Dobson hasn't generated as much attention as many of the other receivers in Mobile but impressed me with his attention to detail. He sets up defensive backs well, selling his routes to push defensive backs deep even on running plays and showing off strength and determination as a downfield blocker. He also consistently worked his way back to the quarterback, drawing praise from the Washington staff. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/12/2012 - 2012 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR-Aaron Dobson, Sr., Marshall, has been selected Second Team All-Conference USA (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Dobson is seventh in the league in catches per game (5.7) and receiving yards (67.9). He finished his career with 24 touchdown receptions, tying former NFL star Troy Brown for fourth in the school's all-time records. A captain on this year's team, the Biletnikoff Award Watch List wideout missed virtually all of two games due to injury, but that didn't stop him from setting a career-high with 57 catches this season. For his career, he finished ninth in the school's all-time record book with 2,398 receiving yards and will attend this year's Senior Bowl. - Marshall football

10/07/2012 - WR Aaron Dobson was welcomed back to the offense after five games of being an afterthought. The marquee senior wideout finished with 10 catches for 128 yards.

09/17/2012 - WR Aaron Dobson caught 11 passes for 94 yards, including a tremendous catch on a five-yard touchdown pass. Defenses are continuing to make the deep threat settle for underneath routes, however, as his longest reception was for only 20 yards.

09/02/2012 - WR Aaron Dobson suffered a slight hip injury late in the first half and sat out most of the second half as a precautionary measure. "I got hurt a little bit," he said, "but I'll be OK." Dobson, Marshall's senior marquee receiver, finished with four catches for 72 yards, including a 40-yarder.

08/03/2012 - "Anytime you've got a player on those (preseason) lists means you're going to be pretty good." Dobson tries to keep all the attention in perspective. "I try not to let it get to my head. I'm a humble person," Dobson insists. as he may be, Dobson is the face of the Marshall football program this season. He joined Doc Holliday at C-USA Media Day in Irving, Texas representing the entire team and he will be the most sought after interview each and every week. He is taking on the same role that Vinny Curry filled last season, a point Holliday made clear to Dobson immediately after the win over FIU in the Beef ???O' Brady's Bowl. "He's got to make the same progress from his junior to senior year just like Vinny Curry did," Holliday said. Everyone knows what Vinny Curry was able to do, ravaging offenses in C-USA and impressing the NFL scouts during Senior Bowl practices and during the game. If Dobson improves on his 49 catches and 668 yards receiving from a season ago, not only will he be successful but the Thundering Herd will be successful as well. "My goal for Aaron is just like that of any other I player I recruit there is to walk out with a degree in one hand and an NFL contract in the other." While Dobson's future may very well be playing on Sunday's right now his focus is squarely on Saturday's and returning Marshall to conference championship contenders. "I think we're ready as a team," believes Dobson. "We've been working hard all offseason and have a lot of momentum coming in off last season." - Dave Wilson, West Virginia MetroNews

07/24/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE USA TEAM (COACHES): WR Aaron Dobson, Sr., Marshall...Dobson, a senior from Dunbar who tied for second in the league with 12 touchdown catches last season, had 49 receptions for 668 yards in 2011 and was named the Most Valuable Player in the Herd's 20-10 victory over FIU in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl. During that contest, the 6-foot-3 Dobson hauled in two touchdown passes of 30-plus yards from quarterback Rakeem Cato, including a game-clinching 35-yarder with just 30 seconds remaining. He also had breakout performances in a win over eventual C-USA champion Southern Miss (7 catches, 69 yards, 2 TD), a two-TD showing in a loss at Houston and a masterful game in a bowl bid-clinching, 34-27 overtime win against East Carolina. - Marshall football

07/18/2012 - 2012 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Aaron Dobson, Marshall, has been selected to the Preseason Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to America's top college football wide receiver by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. Dobson, a senior from Dunbar who tied for second in the league with 12 touchdown catches last season, had 49 receptions for 668 yards in 2011 and was named the Most Valuable Player in the Herd's 20-10 victory over FIU in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl. During that contest, the 6-foot-3 Dobson hauled in two touchdown passes of 30-plus yards from quarterback Rakeem Cato, including a game-clinching 35-yarder with just 30 seconds remaining. He also had breakout performances in a win over eventual C-USA champion Southern Miss (7 catches, 69 yards, 2 TD), a two-TD showing in a loss at Houston and a masterful game in a bowl bid-clinching, 34-27 overtime win against East Carolina. That day, Dobson dazzled fans with a four-catch, 110-yard performance that saw him race to the end zone with a 77-yard scoring pass on the game's first play from scrimmage and a leaping, backhanded 13-yard TD grab just before halftime that became a viral social media sensation almost immediately. - Marshall football

 
Latest News
03/17/2013 - 2013 Marshall Pro Day: Scouts had to wait a little bit longer to see former Marshall WR Aaron Dobson run the 40-yard dash, but they had to have liked what they saw. A hamstring injury kept him from participating in on-field activities at the NFL Combine, but he was ready to go for Marshall's Pro Day on Wednesday and didn't show any residual signs of that hammy tweak. Dobson ran times of 4.42 and 4.40 seconds in Huntington.

Remember what NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said of the importance of speed, especially for wideouts and corners? If Dobson would have run those times at the Combine, he would have been sixth-fastest among those who ran in Indianapolis. The South Charleston High graduate already is highly regarded after standout performances at Senior Bowl practices. Those 40 times prove he can motor. I'll be stunned if he waits very long to get a phone call during the NFL Draft. - Derek Redd, The Charleston Daily Mail

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