Photo of Joshua Dobbs
Drafted By: Steelers

Combine Results

5.39 ?
  • 4.64 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 33.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 122.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.75 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.31 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

The Steelers offense essentially stalled when Ben Roethlisberger was out last season, so drafting a serviceable backup was essential for the playoff contenders. Dobbs is an athletic developmental QB whose flashes in college suggest he could carve out a career as a dynamic backup with spot-starter potential. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 5/8" Arm Length
  • 216LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands


Expectations were high for Tennessee and Dobbs coming into 2016, but unfortunately there wasn't a SEC East title or Heisman Trophy in the picture. One of the most intelligent (aerospace engineering major) and likeable players in college football, Dobbs did perform well at times in his senior year, racking up 2,946 yards and 27 touchdowns through the air and 831 yards with 12 scores on the ground. His 12 interceptions set a career high, however. Dobbs started all 13 games for the first time in his career as a junior (2,291 yards, 15 TD, five INT passing; 671 yards, 11 TD rushing), which followed a strong sophomore campaign where he was named the Bowl MVP after accumulating 205 yards of offense and three scores against Iowa. The four-star recruit from Georgia actually started four games for the Vols as a true freshman (695 yards, two TD, six INT passing; 189 yards, one TD rushing).



Has the ball handling and release quickness to get the ball out early when challenged by sudden pressure. Able to get through progressions to the check down option. Throws a tight spiral with adequate drive velocity. Eye-catching deep pass accuracy (47.7 completion percentage) with 14 touchdowns on throws 21-plus yards. Displayed good mental toughness. Can make timely exits from the pocket and win with his feet against overzealous rushers who vacate their rush lanes. Has explosive ability as a runner. Offers a team packaged-play potential in short yardage situations.


Could use more weight on his frame. Below average delivery balance affects his accuracy and ball placement. Footwork is uneven and causes him to throw from unbalanced platform too often. Throwing motion causes him to push some throws. Floats the deep out allowing defenders to close out his passing windows. Decision making not where he needs it to be. Can't always get away from poor looks once he's made his mind up pre-snap. Threw nine interceptions on just 104 attempts beyond 10 yards this season.

Draft Projection

Round 3

Bottom Line

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.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster