Nate Geary’s Top 10 QBs: #9 Joshua Dobbs

9. Joshua Dobbs (Sr.) – Tennessee

Height: 6-3 Weight: 215

40-Yard Dash: 4.62

Career Stats:

            7,138 passing yards, 53 TDs, 29 INTs, 61.5 comp. %

Player Comparison: Cardale Jones

Projected Draft Round: 4-6

 

The Lowdown:

When you start breaking Dobbs down on film, you see the offense went as Dobbs went. He was a huge part of the offense, both through the air and on the ground. Over the course of his career, he amassed over 2,100 yards on the ground and carried the ball a career high 150 times his senior season. He ran an offense with a lot of four and five wide receiver looks and a multifaceted read option scheme. At his best, Dobbs is a rhythm thrower with above average arm strength. However, he struggles with inconsistent ball placement. When Dobbs has a clean pocket, he’s an above average thrower, but when he’s forced to maneuver within the confines of a muddled pocket, his eyes tend to come down, and he tends to force a big play instead of throwing the ball away. He played in the SEC against a lot of top-notch defensive talent and took his fair share of hits, both inside and outside the pocket.

 

What they’re saying:

Dobbs is hardly incompetent as a passer, but he hasn’t shown as much growth with his ball placement and accuracy as scouts had hoped to see from this former four-star prospect. Dobbs has decent size and is an outstanding runner outside the pocket which could appeal to a team looking for a developmental quarterback with play-making ability.”

 

-NFL.com

 

“I knew he was really smart, but I thought he really did a great job in his (NFL Scouting Combine) interviews,” the anonymous source said. “He had a great feel for offensive concepts and could walk you through everything you wanted to see on the board. Accuracy is his issue; it’s definitely not football intelligence.”

 

-Saturday Down South

 

When ready to throw, the ball comes out of Dobbs’ hand like a rifle shot with a tight spin that makes it easy for pass-catchers to track. He’s especially accurate on in-breaking routes like crossers and posts but also shows the ability to place the ball low and away from defenders on deep-outs, a required throw in every NFL offense.”

 

-CBS Sports

 

My take:

Dobbs is an interesting project. He stood out to me during the Senior Bowl, maybe not on a consistent basis during the week of practices, but when the lights turned on, he showed up and looked at home in the pocket, a change from what I saw on film. When he’s in rhythm he becomes a more confident passer. I believe that if he sits and learns, then he could become a replacement level player behind an above average offensive line that can let him stand tall in the pocket. I don’t believe he’s an ideal target for the Bills simply because he reminds me a lot of Cardale Jones: big arm, struggles with accuracy, and has to be coached up to reach his ceiling. Talent wise, I think there’s no doubt Chad Kelly has superior potential, however, character and smarts are clearly in Dobbs’ favor.

 

Game film:

http://www.draftbreakdown.com/video-embed/?clip=266589

http://www.draftbreakdown.com/video-embed/?clip=262512

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