NFL Draft Scouting Report: Joshua Dobbs

Tennessee
Quarterback #11
Senior, 6’3” 210

  • Very active with his feet
  • Good accuracy
  • Elusive when he becomes a runner
  • Good speed
  • Inconsistent with plays- can extend plays well but can also give up too easily on a play
  • Decision making could use improvement
  • Fairly small frame

Although not one of the top name quarterbacks in this years draft, Dobbs had an impressive performance at the combine. He had a good 40-yard time with 4.64 seconds, only behind Trevor Knight. He had the third best vertical jump at 33 inches, the third best broad jump at 10’2” and the best 3-cone drill at 6.75. 

Getting his first start in the 2015 season, Dobbs passed for 15 touchdowns and just five interceptions on 344 attempts. A year later in 2016, he upped both his touchdowns and interceptions to 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on 357 attempts. In his two years as a starter, Dobbs has shown many cases of excellence. From well placed throws into tight windows to turning into an escape artist to avoid a sack and pick up the first down and more. In 2016 he ran for 831 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Dobbs is an interesting passer. He can get the ball out in a matter of seconds incredibly well, or he can have all the patience in the world, going through all his reads to even finding the last option. Other times he seems to want to run too much and scrambles earlier than needed. When in the pocket I think Dobbs is a pretty accurate guy. Hitting his receivers right in the chest on the majority of his passes making for an easy catch, something we also saw during the on field drills.

His best throws come in the short to mid-range targets. His biggest inaccuracy comes on the deep ball, which still isn’t too bad. When he was intercepted, it seemed more because of a poor choice rather than inaccuracy. Which I would think is better because coaches can fix decision making easier than inaccuracy. 

Dobbs is a big risk, big reward pick. I could see many teams taking him somewhere in the 3rd or 4th round. His best fit would be to go to a team with an aging quarterback. Have him sit on the bench for a year or two to learn the system and develop even more. And when the time comes when the aging quarterback retires, make him the starter. Something else that would make sense would be for a team to improve other positions with their earlier picks, and then draft Dobbs in the mid rounds to have him potentially start or at least compete for the starting job. He may never be a top five quarterback in the league, but he can be a good enough above average guy, which in the NFL, tons of team will accept




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