Here we are again; everybody loves to talk about and dream about the potential of the “mobile” quarterback. One of the biggest reasons for the constant hype is some of the recent success stories we have seen. Russell Wilson has far outplayed even the loftiest of expectations for Seattle. Marcus Mariota is off to a really nice start to his career in Tennessee. Robert Griffin the 3rd and Colin Kaepernick have both had their own great seasons. Heck, you can even call Aaron Rodgers a “mobile” quarterback, and he’s one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.
Not only have the success stories been there, but there is just something fun and different about watching a quarterback who can scramble around and make plays with his feet. Hence we are constantly hearing talk of the next great mobile quarterbacks. You look at this draft, and there is no shortage of athleticism in this quarterback class. Deshaun Watson and Deshone Kizer are great athletes, while Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, Jerod Evans and others aren’t too shabby themselves. That said, there is only one quarterback whom I graded “mobility” as the top facet of their game, his name is Joshua Dobbs. The 6’3, 216 Lb senior from the University of Tennessee is this year’s pure “mobile” quarterback. Does Dobbs have other strengths that are noteworthy, where does he need to improve the most going forward, and where should his stock lie in both NFL Draft and Dynasty football drafts? Let’s answer all of these questions as we break down Joshua Dobbs game.
Mobility: If you read the introduction, you probably saw this coming. Dobbs is mobile. Not only is he athletic, but he is also very proficient in reading running lanes and hitting holes. While playing for the Volunteers, he had a great number of opportunities to showcase this skill. He shared a backfield with both Alvin Kamara and Jalen Hurd over the past couple of seasons, safe to say Tennessee had no shortage of ways to run the football. Dobbs was used as a runner so much so that he led the Volunteers in rushing yards during his senior season with 831 yards. No surprise, he performed very well at the combine, finishing well above average in the 40-yard dash, broad jump, vertical jump, and 3 cone drill.
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Throw Power: Throw power isn’t just the ability to throw a hail mary from your own 40, which we often think of. Throw power is hitting the receiver on a 15-yard comeback from the far hash. It’s hitting the slot receiver on a corner route before the “deep half” safety can close the lane. So often we hear that a guy “can make every throw” and Dobbs is one of those guys. Don’t get me wrong he doesn’t have Matthew Stafford’s arm strength, but it’s one of the better in the class.
Throw accuracy: As fun as it is to have a cannon for an arm, being accurate is what is more important at the end of the day. Dobbs far too often misses throws, if you’re doing that, you’re not going to last very long. Dobbs has adequate mechanics and footwork (not strengths, however), so his accuracy should get better with time, but it’s something he may struggle with early on and something he will have to pour a lot of time and reps into.
Decision Making: If Dobbs wants to be given a chance to succeed, he has to improve here first. Nothing will ruin your NFL chances quicker than repeatedly turning over the football. Taking unnecessary risks can be a very tough habit to break out of, here’s to hoping he can. Do not only take what I saw on tape, look at his senior year stats and you’ll see 12 interceptions.
Joshua Dobbs is entering the NFL as a raw and athletic quarterback. If we see him succeed you can bet it’ll be because of his mobility and throw power, if he doesn’t do so well it’ll mostly likely because of his lack of accuracy and below average decision making. As for his NFL Draft ranking, I have him as the 7th best quarterback prospect and a 4th/5th round talent, immediately behind both Brad Kaaya of Miami and Nathan Peterman of Pittsburgh whom I have as 3rd round talents. Fantasy wise, Dobbs does offer some extra potential with his running ability, but the overall talent gap between him and Peterman/Kaaya is too large, so he still ranks behind both of them in my fantasy rankings.
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