In January, Aaron Dobson made the trip to Bradenton, Fla. to train at one of the premier facilities in the nation, IMG Academy, as he prepared for the NFL Combine. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound wide receiver trained alongside of projected top picks in April's NFL Draft, including the likes of Luke Joeckel, Geno Smith, Bjoern Werner and others. Throughout his time at IMG Academy, he did his best to prepare for the NFL Combine by running drills, working out, and making adjustments to his running and jumping technique.
Just weeks before the NFL Combine, Dobson suffered a pulled right hamstring, causing him to sit out of the speed and agility drills. He was able to take some of the other combine tests and interview with teams, but was not able to show what he had been preparing for since his season ended.
Finally, on March 13, Dobson had his chance to shine, and he did. He showed off his speed and agility to the 22 NFL franchises represented that were watching him, and ran a 4.40 forty-yard dash. Running a 4.40 is impressive for any receiver, especially one his size, and he no doubt improved his draft stock.
Dobson is currently projected as a second or third round selection, but whoever gets the Marshall wideout will be getting a very effective receiver. During his junior season, he proved his effectiveness by catching a touchdown pass every 4.1 receptions. Also, most college football fans would argue he made the catch of the year during this season (which can be seen here). In 2012, he also recorded solid numbers. In just ten games, he posted 679 yards and three touchdowns on 57 receptions, and was named to the All Conference USA Second team.