Saturday, April 27, 2013

Pats take another semi-gamble at wideout in Dobson


Regardless of Bill Belichick's past misses at wide receiver in the draft, the team desperately needed an outside threat to add to its depth chart.

Belichick and the New England Patriots rolled the dice once again on Friday, drafting Aaron Dobson out of Marshall with the 59th overall pick. (photo:

While Dobson is precisely the outside-type receiver that the Pats were missing, his selection is still a bit of a question mark. He failed to break 700 yards receiving in any of his four years with the Herd, though he did haul in 12 touchdowns in 2011.

He carries a bigger frame than most wideouts (nearly 6-foot-3, 210 pounds), however, with sure hands and long arms, though he's not the fastest in the bunch (4.42 at his pro day).

Dobson joins newcomers Danny Amendola, Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins, along with New England's versatile Julian Edelman. If Dobson can prove that he can handle the team's playbook and elite corners (he'll be facing a bunch), it'll be a big addition on the perimeter passing game, where the team has lacked a consistent threat.

Like any raw talent though, the Pats are out on a limb to a certain extent with Dobson. If he doesn't pan out, particularly with another big receiver still on the board in Da'Rick Rogers, it could just be another bust in a long line of busts for Belichick at the position.

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