Aaron Dobson has quite a bit to live up to in New England.

The former Thundering Herd receiver and South Charleston High standout was selected in the second round of the NFL draft as the 59th overall pick by the New England Patriots Friday night.

The standard for former Marshall receivers with the Patriots has been set pretty high. Herd Hall of Famer Troy Brown was drafted by the Patriots in 1993 and played his entire 15-year career in New England, earning three Super Bowl rings along the way. When he retired, Brown was the franchise leader in career receptions.

Randy Moss joined the Patriots in 2007 and he and quarterback Tom Brady rewrote the passing record books. Moss caught 98 passes for 1,493 yards with 23 touchdown grabs during the Patriots perfect 16-0 regular season. Moss had 69 receptions in 2008 and 83 in 2009.

Dobson made an impression on scouts during his practices at the Senior Bowl and especially caught the eye of cold weather teams during his Pro Day at Marshall in March.  Conditions were windy with temperatures in the 20’s and Dobson still made all the catches and displayed his breakaway speed.

“I remember being at the West Virginia pro day and Marshall’s was the day before and a lot of scouts were coming to West Virginia from Marshall and they were buzzing about how well this kid caught the ball on a 20-degree, windy day at Marshall,” recalled Mayock.

Dobson is the third Marshall player to be selected by the Patriots. In addition to Troy Brown, New England also selected tight end Lee Smith in 2011.

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  • Tim walters

    Now children let's not fight

  • wvtrue2

    Dobson will have a better nfl career than geno will. Great receiver and had Cato been able to throw the deep ball, he would have much stronger numbers and been a 1st rounder for sure. How many WR go in the 2nd round with 650 or so yards receiving their senior year? Those scouts know talent when they see it.

  • I'm a Herdman

    You sound like a 5 year old. Aaron is a true West Virginian native and should get love. Congrats Mr. Dobson! Go get yours! Make West Virginia proud!

    • Jrizzle

      Herdman- I was ripping metronews, not Dobson. Note that I said I was glad he made it. Big congrats to him. 13 hours later, metro still had not reported geno's draft. But Dave Wilson does have 3 stories already on Dobson. Good job for taking care of your team Dave. Who will finally report on what was espn's biggest draft story?

      I'm just a 5 year old that would like to know.

      • Oh Did Ya?

        What are you talking about? Geno's story is the front story with a dozen or more comments since last night....it went up minutes after he was selected.

        • Jrizzle

          It didn't hit twitter. That's what I referred to. Just giving Wilson a hard time. No intentions of starting a back and forth. Best of luck to all who were drafted with ties to the mountain state!

  • Jrizzle

    Why are reporting Dobson before geno smith? Glad to see that he made it, but geno was picked quite a while ago, and nothing yet. I know that Dave Wilson has been waiting since last years draft to report on any Marshall players dragged this year, but come on metronews, get on it!