This offseason, the New England Patriots blew up their receiving corps and rebuilt the positional group from the ground up. They added veterans Danny Amendola and Michael Jenkins to the mix, but made their biggest acquisition during the 2013 NFL Draft.
Using a second-round pick, the Patriots drafted former Marshall standout Aaron Dobson to help bring some excitement and consistency (he didn’t drop a pass during his senior season) to the passing game.
Since joining the team in late-April, Dobson has done nothing except shine. If training camp, the preseason, and the regular season go the way rookie minicamp and OTAs went for Dobson, the Marshall product could be headed for a big year with the Patriots.
During training camp, Dobson will be battling with Amendola, Jenkins, Julian Edelman and fellow rookie Josh Boyce for the right to be the Patriots’ primary targets. With terrific size, outstanding hands and sneaky after-the-catch abilities, Dobson has all of the tools to see significant early snaps in 2013. New England also believes that his background in basketball should help the 6’3’’, 210-pound pass-catcher thrive.
Dobson couldn’t have asked for a better team to start his NFL career with. From his rookie season moving forward, he’ll be catching passes from future Hall of Famer Tom Brady and star in one of the most prolific passing attacks in the league. While learning under one of the greatest head coaches to ever grace the gridiron in Bill Belichick, Dobson has the perfect opportunity to develop into a dynamic receiving threat.
There’s a plethora of potential in Dobson, who was a steal for the Patriots at No. 59. New England hasn’t had a talent like Dobson in some time, and should reap the rewards of having him on the roster early and often this upcoming season.