FOXBOROUGH — As the first receiver the Patriots have selected in the second round since 2006, there is a level of expectation that Aaron Dobson is The One.
As in, The One who erases a decade of ineptitude when it comes to drafting receivers.
Fortunately for Dobson, he’ll have some company this season; New England also drafted Josh Boyce, in the fourth round, and signed rookie free agent Kenbrell Thompkins after the draft.
But Dobson is the first wideout since Chad Jackson that the Patriots felt was worthy of a second-round pick.
Since the 2002 draft, when New England selected Deion Branch in the second round and David Givens in the seventh, through 2012, the Patriots drafted eight receivers.
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