One thing the New England Patriots have lacked for years was a big, play-making wide receiver. That all changed when Nick Caserio pulled the trigger on Aaron Dobson in the 2013 NFL Draft. Even after an inconsistent and injury-prone rookie season, the future remains bright for Dobson.
When healthy, Dobson flashed the skills that made Caserio excited about the wide receiver’s potential. He made some difficult catches in traffic, showcasing his ability to high-point the football. There were a good amount of drops mixed in there as well, but that is to be expected from a raw rookie wide receiver.
The ability to make plays deep was also a nice trick for Dobson. Despite running a 4o time of 4.42, Dobson showed the ability to go and beat defensive backs down the field. That will be useful if Josh McDaniels returns to a two-tight-end offense that features Dobson and a slot receiver.
And you’ve got to love the one thing that nobody can teach Dobson: his size. The rookie wide receiver goes 6-foot-3, 200-pounds which is the build of a potential No. 1 wide receiver. Even if McDaniels decides to build around his slot receivers, he could use Dobson like a poor man’s Randy Moss moving forward.
Despite being injured and benched throughout 12 games in the regular season, Dobson managed to be the fourth-most productive pass catcher for the Patriots in just his rookie season. He will only be 23-years-old next season which means there will be plenty room for growth for the young man. If Dobson ever reaches his potential, the Patriots’ offense can return to being lethal.
Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.