Aaron Dobson WR Marshall #3
Size/Athleticism: Above average height. Decent blend of height and speed. Clocked at 4.43 in the 40 but doesn’t quite play up to that speed. Decent strength for a receiver, can be effective at times as a blocker and can fight through press coverage.
Separation Skills: Limited in his ability to get over the top, but he runs crisp routes and consistently gives the quarterback a target. He’s primarily a possession receiver, but has just enough speed that the defense must respect his ability to go deep on occasion. Somewhat slow to get up to full speed, but very quick in his breaks. Needs to have the timing down with his quarterback to be effective, but can consistently create windows of opportunity as a possession receiver.
Ball Skills: Extremely reliable hands. According to STATS, did not drop a single pass as a senior. Shows great body control adjusting to poorly thrown balls. He’s definitely the type of receiver who can help bail out a quarterback. Consistently catches with his hands away from his body.
Intangibles: Three-year starter. Team captain in 2012.
Durability: Missed time with an undisclosed injury in 2012. Did not work out at combine due to hamstring injury.
Comments: Dobson’s speed and athleticism limits his upside slightly, but he has the potential to be a very reliable possession receiver. He definitely isn’t a game changer at the position, but his ability to consistent get open on possession routes is a valuable asset. He will be a very safe pick on the second or early third day of the draft.