STRENGTHS - Aaron Dobson is a tall, long-armed wide receiver who has consistently shown the ability to make incredible adjustments to the ball while it is in the air. He has a knack for making really tough catches look easy. He does a great job of going to get the ball and not letting it get into his body. Dobson has great hands and high points the football on a regular basis. He has not been helped by the quarterback play at Marshall, but he has been productive in college. Dobson does a great job of fighting through the press at the LOS. He has excellent footwork and the ability to stop on a dime to sit into an open area. Dobson lines up almost every play on the left side of the field. He has quick feet and displays awareness on how to get open. Dobson has great balance, hands and body control as evidenced by "the catch" against ECU.
WEAKNESSES - The production hasn't been there as a senior as he has only scored twice at the midway point after scoring 12 TD as a junior. He had a bad fumble against Tulsa which cost his team a touchdown. Dobson does not look like a quick player who will beat corners over a short area as he relies on his pure speed and not foot quickness. That's not to say he has slow feet, he just needs a stride or two to get fully up to speed. It is concerning that he only plays the "X" receiver, only on the left side of the field. For a big player, Dobson doesn't stick to blocks all that well and while willing, it is something that needs to be improved.
SUMMARY - Dobson has tremendous hand size and arm length to go with prototype size for the position at the NFL level. He is an exceptional athlete who displays outstanding speed, body control and balance. He is a legitimate vertical threat on every snap of the ball. He has rare hands and makes extremely difficult catches look easy, and he extends his long arms and plucks the ball away from his frame consistently. He has great reach and uses his body to shield defenders away from the ball. He is going to be a big red zone threat in the NFL. He has elite ability to track, locate and adjust to the ball in the air, especially down the field and in the end zone. He has great hand/eye coordination and does a masterful job of adjusting to poorly thrown balls. He can win against all types of coverage. Dobson won't explode off of the ball, but he does run crisp routes with the football IQ to quickly break off a route and sit into an open area. He has the strength and toughness to generate a lot of RAC yardage. He is not a consistent blocker in the running game, but he is willing and could benefit from NFL coaching in this area. Overall, he deserves second-round consideration because of his physical tools, red zone skills and ability to stretch the field. He looks a lot like a poor man's version of A.J. Green coming out of Georgia except that he lacks Green's explosiveness and top end play-making speed. He is a legitimate No. 1 WR prospect for the NFL level.