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PFF scouting report: Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15: Joshua Dobbs #11 of the Tennessee Volunteers looks to pass against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Name: Joshua Dobbs

School: Tennessee

Position fit: Developmental QB

Stats to know: Recorded a passer rating of 105.7 under pressure in 2016, good for fifth in the nation.

What he does well:

  • Possesses quick release and generally throws on balance
  • Very athletic within and stepping up through the pocket
  • Good acceleration and able to break off chunks of yards on the ground
  • Operates best in the quick, timing and rhythm passing game
  • Effective on designed bootlegs and throws well on the run
  • Shows ability to feel the pocket and work through progressions; good field vision
  • Good overall pocket poise; will hang in to make throws under pressure
  • Continues to bounce back after a bad play/series throughout the course of a game

Areas of concern:

  • Not an overly natural passer, motion is a bit rigid
  • Will have stretches of games where he gets off rhythm and accuracy is all over the place
  • Misses too many easy throws in quick game
  • Loses sight of defenders late in the down, too, often resulting in bad decisions
  • Does not drive or spin the ball particularly well
  • Accuracy dips significantly the longer he holds the ball and deeper into the progression he gets

Bottom line:

Dobbs has seen many ups and downs throughout his career at Tennessee, but the common theme is that he’s always been able to bounce back within the game and find ways to make enough plays to give his team a chance to win. He will likely never be a precision quarterback accuracy-wise, but he operates well when playing in the timing and rhythm passing game. Playing behind a well-below-average offensive line last season, Dobbs work under pressure in 2016 was impressive. Overall, there is enough offense with Dobbs to potentially groom into a backup spot.

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