Still, Dobson was named to the all-C-USA second team with a career-high 57 catches for 679 yards.
"I think I did well," Dobson said. "I don't think it was the senior year I wanted, personally. I just did what I could do to help my team. I still showed that I could play football. I still helped myself in ways that, if I couldn't get the ball, I wouldn't let it frustrate me and could still do what I can do."
The NFL scouts weren't scared away. Dobson impressed them during Senior Bowl practices. A tweaked hamstring kept him from performing on-field drills at the NFL Combine, but he ran 40-yard dashes in the 4.4-second range at Marshall's pro day. ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. sees Dobson as a third-round pick, while NFL Network expert Mike Mayock thinks his draft value starts in the late second round.
Both think he's raw, but are impressed with his 6-foot-23/4 inch, 210-pound frame and physical abilities.
"I remember being at the West Virginia pro day and the day before that was Marshall's," Mayock said, "and a lot of the scouts were coming from Marshall to West Virginia and they were kind of buzzing about how well this kid caught the ball on a 20-degree windy day outdoors at Marshall. So I think that makes an impression on teams, especially the cold weather teams. He's used to it. It doesn't bother him and he can actually thrive.
"I really like the kid. I think he could end up being a better NFL player than he was a college player."
Marshall offensive coordinator Bill Legg said the athleticism Dobson was blessed with is one of the reasons he's prominent on the NFL draft radar. He also heeded the lessons of quality coaches throughout his career to further hone his physical gifts.
"At the end of the day," Legg said, "you take talent, you take intelligence, you take a willingness to work with some guys that know what they're doing, that can give him a chance to learn how to get in and out of breaks, to get off against the press and so on. Those things pay dividends."
If Dobson gets drafted, he'll join an exclusive group of West Virginians picked on draft day.
The last time a Mountain State player was chosen in the NFL Draft was 2004, when former Capital High and Ohio State standout Darrion Scott was taken in the third round by the Minnesota Vikings.
"I don't try to make it pressure, but it is," Dobson said. "I just want to put my city on the map, just to let everyone know that athletes do come from here. Stop overlooking us. And I want to let the younger guys know that they can make it, because I did it."
Dobson appreciates that his journey through football, from high school to college to now, has happened so close to home. He's been able to enjoy his successes with his family and show those from outside West Virginia that this area continues to produce premium talent.
"I've been playing, probably, in front of the same group of fans since I was 14 or 15 years old," he said. "They've seen me grow and mature and get better as a football player and as a man."
Now football will take him elsewhere, maybe New England, maybe Detroit, maybe Green Bay. Bobby Dobson said his son always has looked forward in life. In his youth, he wanted to be a Black Eagle. In high school, he wanted to be a Division I football player. Now life as an NFL player could be close at hand.
"He always had that dream of having the opportunity of playing at the next level," Bobby Dobson said. "So now he's standing at the doorstep of making that dream come true."
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.