Marshall University wide receiver Aaron Dobson was selected in the second round, 59th overall, by the New England Patriots during day two of the NFL draft.
A all Conference USA second team selection during his senior season, Dobson caught 57 passes for 679 yards and three touchdowns. In 2011 the West Virginia native had a breakout campaign, leading the Thundering Herd with 668 receiving yards and a team high 12 touchdowns. He leaves Marshall ranked 11th all time in receptions (165) and ninth (2,398) in yards by catch.
Dobson joins a Patriots roster in need of outside receivers Leaning on standout tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, New England wide receivers caught 59 percent of passes thrown by the team last season, a league low. The Patriots also lost Pro Bowler Wes Welker to the Denver Broncos this off-season and last years second leading receiver, Brandon Llyod, remains unsigned. New England acquired Danny Amendola in free agency but Julian Edelman's 235 receiving yards leads all returning wide receivers.
Dobson is one of six Marshall receivers selected in the NFL draft including former Patriots Troy Brown and Randy Moss.