The New England Patriots have been one of the most successful teams in the NFL for quite some time, winning 10 AFC East division titles in the past 12 years, advancing to five Super Bowls and winning three Lombardi Trophies in that time span. One of the major reasons the Patriots have sustained success has hinged on their ability to draft well.
Despite the Patriots having enormous success over the years to build core players through the draft, they have struggled immensely selecting quality receivers.
Recent draft failures Taylor Price, (round three, 2010) Chad Jackson (round one, 2006) and P.K. Sam (round five, 2004) reveal the Patriots’ ineptitude in selecting talented receivers in the draft. Price, Jackson and Sam combined for a mere 14 catches in their brief careers.
Aaron Dobson, who was selected No. 52 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Patriots, looks to end the franchise woes in drafting wide receivers. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound wideout was one of the Patriots’ 30 pre-draft visits.
Dobson will provide much-needed size for the Patriots on the outside. He has been described as “freakishly athletic” and has great hands, made evident by zero dropped passes on 92 targets in his senior season with Marshall.
The wideout has a knack for reaching the end zone, scoring 24 touchdowns in his four years at the intercollegiate level. His ability to score touchdowns could help him compete against veterans Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins to be Tom Brady’s third target on the Patriots’ offense.