NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. doesn't think former Marshall wide receiver Aaron Dobson will have to wait too long to learn his new professional home.
Kiper, an analyst for ESPN since 1984 and perhaps the most well-known expert on the NFL Draft, said during a conference call this week that Dobson, an allConference USA second team pick in 2012, likely will have to wait through the first round on Thursday, April 25. But he should hear his phone ring sometime the next day.
"I think in the third round, the middle to late third round, is when I'd start to consider Aaron Dobson," Kiper said.
Kiper sees the Indianapolis Colts taking Dobson to bolster the receiving corps for secondyear quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts currently have the 24th pick of the third round, the 86th selection overall. And considering Luck threw for 4,374 yards as a rookie, Dobson should have plenty of chances to contribute if he does become a Colt.
Dobson, a South Charleston High School graduate, finished his Marshall career tied with Troy Brown for fourth on the all-time list with 24 touchdown catches and by himself in ninth place with 2,398 career receiving yards. Despite missing the majority of the Thundering Herd's game against Memphis and all of its games against the UAB and Houston, he finished his senior year with 57 catches for 679 yards and three touchdowns.
He was the Herd's deep threat in his collegiate career and Kiper said Dobson has the frame to continue that in the NFL.
"You like the size and his physical ability," Kiper said. "At 6-3 and 210-to-215 pounds, he can certainly be a vertical threat down the field."
Dobson impressed many scouts during practices for January's Senior Bowl, but missed a prime opportunity to reinforce that after a hamstring injury kept him from participating in on-field activities at February's NFL Combine. He came back at Marshall's pro day in March and ran 40-yard dashes of 4.42 and 4.44 seconds indoors.