CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If you're seeking an intriguing story line in the upcoming NFL draft, follow the progress of Aaron Dobson.
While most attention within the Mountain State will be on former WVU standouts Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, ex-Marshall receiver Dobson is the one that's homegrown.
The South Charleston High grad made waves in the recent Senior Bowl practices. Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com said Dobson had "explosive athleticism and fluid ankles in his routes."
"He stands in a very good position," said Isaac Conner, Dobson's agent. "Obviously, he's an outstanding receiver. He's tall, big and fast. [NFL] teams really like his physical attributes and some of the things he did at Marshall."
Perhaps not everything. Dobson had a terrific overall career, finishing with 24 touchdowns, but he finished third among Herd receivers last season with 57 catches for 679 yards and but three scores. He averaged 67.9 yards a game.
"He had such a good junior year you knew defenses would start keying on him," Conner said. "Then he had a little injury and a season that wasn't what he hoped for. But I think everybody sees that. He missed a couple games and that messes with your stats."
Dobson tweaked his right knee on the first play of the Nov. 3 Memphis game and missed the subsequent loss to UAB.
"But at the Senior Bowl he showed he could hang with the country's elite guys," Conner said.
Dobson is now headed for the NFL combine, to be held Feb. 19-26 in Indianapolis.
"Right now he's projected as a second-round pick," Conner said. "He's going to the combine in hopes of getting into the first round."
Conner, by the way, works for the A3 agency out of Tennessee. He also represented former Marshall linebacker Mario Harvey, now of the Indianapolis Colts.
Just this week it happened here in the Kanawha Valley. Riverside High's basketball coaches were suspended and, after the Warriors' game with Woodrow Wilson, no players were "made available to the press."
Also - get this - RHS principal Valery Harper had the audacity to "instruct" media not to interview players or coaches or PARENTS prior to the game. A Gazette reporter "was escorted to the scorer's table by another administrator," according to writer Tommy Atkinson.