9:22 p.m. update
Former Marshall and South Charleston High receiver Aaron Dobson was with his mother Angela, father Bobby and about 50 other friends and family members at the family home when he got the phone call from the New England Patriots telling him they were taking him with the 59th overall pick.
"My family was just screaming," he said. "They support me so much. Man, it's just a blessing to have them around me like that."
The Patriots were one of the teams Dobson visited on his tour of franchises before the NFL Draft. Scouts Inc. actually nailed the pick in its mock draft, slotting Dobson to the correct team with the correct choice.
What makes Dobson happy, besides knowing his NFL destination, is that his selection gives one more example to younger players in middle school and high school in Kanawha County that the door to the highest level of football is open to anyone with the ability and drive to enter.
"I just wanted to put us on the map, really," he said. "I wanted to help everyone see that, coming from West Virginia -- it's such a small state and such a small town -- they can still do it."
Return to dailymail.com late Sunday or pick up a copy of Monday's print edition of the Daily Mail for further coverage of Aaron Dobson's selection in the NFL Draft.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said former Marshall wide receiver Aaron Dobson impressed scouts at his pro day with his ability to make catches in cold weather. He'll get plenty of practice with that now.
The New England Patriots took the 6-foot-2, 210-pound South Charleston High graduate in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday with the 59th overall pick. He joins a Patriots team that's had pretty good luck with Marshall receivers in the past.
Troy Brown, an eighth-round pick of the Patriots out of Marshall in 1993, spent 15 seasons in New England and retired as the team's career leader in receptions. Randy Moss, who spent three full seasons and part of a fourth in Foxboro, caught an NFL single-season record 23 touchdowns in 2007.
Now it's Dobson's turn to catch passes from three-time Super Bowl champ and two-time NFL MVP Tom Brady.
Analysts have called Dobson a raw talent in the weeks leading up to this weekend's draft, Mayock said during the NFL Network's broadcast that New England is a great fit for him.
"If you're going to be developed, there's no place I'd rather go than New England because they teach," he said.
Dobson's selection makes this the third straight year a Thundering Herd player has been taken in the NFL Draft. The New England Patriots took tight end Lee Smith in the fifth round of the 2011 draft, and the Philadelphia Eagles took defensive end Vinny Curry in the second round of the 2012 draft. Before Smith's selection, Marshall players had been absent in the draft since the New York Giants took Ahmad Bradshaw in the seventh round of the 2007 draft.
Dobson also becomes the first Kanawha County native taken in the NFL Draft since the Minnesota Vikings took former Capital High and Ohio State star Darrion Scott in the third round in 2004. Dobson was runner-up for the 2008 Kennedy Award as the state's top football player after helping lead the Black Eagles to the Class AAA state title.
He finished his Marshall career tied with Brown for fourth on the Thundering Herd's career touchdown receptions list with 24. Twelve of those came in Dobson's junior season, including a one-handed, backhanded, diving scoring catch that became a YouTube hit and made ESPN's top 10 plays of 2011.
As a senior, he caught 57 passes for 679 yards and three scores. While the touchdowns were the lowest single-season output of this Herd career, he set a career high for catches in a season. Dobson missed all but one play in three games near the end of 2012 with a knee injury. He was an all-Conference USA second-team selection and was named to the Senior Bowl, where he impressed observers with his skills during practice.
A hamstring injury kept him from on-field activities at the NFL Combine, but he ran 40-yard dashes in the 4.4-second range at Marshall's pro day.
-- Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.