He didn't put up the eye-popping numbers like several of the other top flight receiver prospects. He also didn't play on a big stage week in and week out in college. But blessed with an opportunity to match up with the best at the Senior Bowl, Marshall receiver Aaron Dobson is ready to prove himself worthy of early consideration in the 2013 NFL draft.
"I think I've done pretty well," said Dobson in reference to his practice performance at the Senior Bowl in Mobile this week. "I think everybody is seeing what kind of receiver I am. I'm showcasing myself in front of a lot of talent out there. There's a lot of talent. I'm just trying to let everybody know that I deserve to be here and I can play."
Dobson chose to stay close to home playing his college ball at Marshall spurning offers from West Virginia and Wake Forest among others. Without a top flight quarterback to get him the ball on a consistent basis, the 6'2 ½" 203-pound receiver had to fight for a lot of the passes thrown his way.
It might be why Dobson excelled at making the difficult catches look easy. One of his best came against East Carolina in the 2011 season when he snared a pass backhanded with just one hand in tight coverage for a 13-yard touchdown. Dobson finished that game with four receptions for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Thundering Herd's 34-27 victory.
A former first team All-State basketball player in high school, parallels were quickly drawn between Dobson and another former Marshall wideout, who was also a West Virginia native that made a successful jump to the NFL.
"Randy Moss, he's a great player and did some great things in the league so I mean me coming from Marshall everybody is saying I'm following in his footsteps," said Dobson. "Being from the same area I definitely watched him. He had crazy athletic ability. He's a great receiver. I've been compared to him a couple of times, so that's definitely exciting, but me going to the league I'm just trying to make my own name and just start my own legacy."
WR Aaron Dobson likely to see stock rise after Senior Bowl
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