"You talk to him about what he did," Belichick said. "He can explain the techniques, his assignments, what other guys are doing at Marshall. We'd look at things that we did, then come back and talk about them. He remembered how we did them, how we call them, things like that. He's a pretty intelligent guy. He has good recall of what (Marshall) did. He had a good understanding and grasp of learning, taking new information, processing that and being able to understand it and apply it.
"Tell him something and then see a play a few plays later and say, 'What would you do on this play if they did this, they did that?' There's different ways to measure all that, but he's a pretty impressive kid. He's a mature kid. He's pretty smart."
And now he's an NFL draft pick. Dobson said he'll soon return to Patriots headquarters and get ready for his professional future. But he won't forget the opportunity Marshall, the only Football Bowl Subdivision school to offer him a scholarship, gave him.
"They really treated me well at Marshall," he said. "They were behind me 100 percent. They supported me through everything. I'm just glad they supported me."
And he won't forget where he grew up. From Kanawha County to Huntington, he's played in front of the same fans his entire career. Dobson is happy to show younger players that local players that their dreams could become reality.
"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."
* * *
DOBSON'S TEAMMATE Antavious Wilson wasn't drafted, but will head into an NFL camp. The receiver signed a rookie free agent deal Saturday with the New York Jets.
"I'm very excited to be on the Jets," Wilson said Saturday night. "Just being mentioned in the NFL in anything is a blessing. There's a lot of players out there who didn't get a call. For them to give me a call, that's a blessing."
Wilson finished his Thundering Herd career with 187 career catches for 2,269 yards and 18 touchdowns. Sixty-nine of those catches, 741 of those yards and nine of those scores came in 2012, when we earned honorable mention on the all-Conference USA team.
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.