Prospect: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
Grade: 7.2 (Grading Scale)
+Great size, long athletic frame.
+Toned, muscular build, solid strength profile.
+Excellent leaper, controls body well in the air.
+Doesn’t have elite speed, but gets to top-speed quickly.
+Has some power and elusiveness in the open field.
-Lacks a fifth gear to separate at the top of his route.
-Should run in the low 4.5 range, but could be a bit lower.
-Has had some trouble with hip, ankle, knee injuries.
-Had some conditioning issues coming off of an injury in one game.
+Has made some of the most amazing catches ever seen on the football field.
+Incredibly strong hands, plucks the ball out of the air at its highest point.
+Controls body in the air, makes tough catches look routine.
-Will let a few balls get into his body, especially on slants.
+Gains position on defenders, presents a good target to the quarterback.
+Sells double moves and play-action very well.
+Wins vertically on a consistent basis, despite speed concern.
+Physical enough to beat press coverage, able to get a clean release.
-Drifts a bit, needs to work back to the quarterback better.
-Has improved, but needs more precision on underneath routes, rounds them off a bit.
+Willing blocker, able to sustain blocks down the field.
+Not overly physical, but uses positioning and effort to get the job done.
+Plus awareness on the field, knows the down/distance, finds the sticks.
+Team captain his Senior season at Marshall.
+Humble player, confident but not cocky and self-promoting – reminds me a bit of Andre Johnson in that aspect.
Aaron Dobson has quietly had a great career at Marshall, despite not having an NFL-quality arm throwing to him. With an arm that can deliver the ball down the field on a consistent basis, Dobson’s production would have been greatly improved.
He has improved every year in college and I expect his best football to be played in the NFL. If he is able to refine his technique a bit, he will quickly become a fixture on highlight shows.
A tall receiver that can get over the top of cornerbacks is never over-looked on draft day. In conversations with Dobson, he seems ready to contribute at the “X” receiver position as a rookie, and is willing to work on his craft to get there.
Marshall vs East Carolina
-Powerful runner, breaks free from arm tackle after catch and is up to speed in no time.
-Makes the best catch I’ve ever seen – backhanded the ball with his right hand, simply unreal.
-Ran a skinny corner and made a great adjustment to the ball, had to fight his way through corner.
Marshall vs Purdue
-Separates at the top of his route, unreal one-handed catch.
-Out route, good hands catch and tucks it securely.
-Wins on vertical route, but has to stop for under-thrown ball and is out-fought for the ball.
-Late getting his hands up on slant, ball gets in on his body, drops it and it gets picked off.