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Bill Belichick likes Aaron Dobson’s basketball background

New England Patriots Rookie Camp

FOXBORO, MA - MAY 3: Aaron Dobson #17 of Marshall University speaks to the media before the New England Patriots Rookie Camp at Gillette Stadium on May 3, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick had a lot of reasons for taking former Marshall wide receiver Aaron Dobson in the second round of the draft. But one reason may come as a surprise: Belichick likes Dobson because Dobson was a good basketball player.

“I would say that, just based on my experience as a coach through the years, that basketball players, most have good hands. They have to handle the ball a lot,” Belichick said, via the Providence Journal. “The ball is on them quick, tight passes and handling the ball in traffic and that kind of thing. Usually, when you get a good basketball player, those guys usually have pretty good ball skills in terms of handling the ball: strong hands in being able to keep it and quick hands, being able to snatch it and handle it cleanly and, hopefully, without losing it.”

Dobson was a good enough high school hoops player that he had multiple scholarship offers to play college basketball, but he ultimately decided to stay near his hometown of South Charleston, West Virginia, and play college football at Marshall.

“I loved them both,” Dobson said. “Marshall was close to home, so that’s where I decided to go. I’m still getting to play now, so it worked out right.”

Belichick has to hope it works out all right for the receiver-needy Patriots.