There is no position as important to an NFL team’s future than quarterback.
Every year, teams seek the next star quarterback in the NFL draft, but there are rarely any sure-fire prospects. When evaluating any college player, certain teams may value different qualities higher than others. This can lead to surprising picks or players falling to later rounds than expected.
Former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott is a prime example of a late-round draft pick who excelled as a rookie in the NFL. In many ways, Tenessee’s Joshua Dobbs is similar to Prescott.
Both quarterbacks spent four years in the SEC, they are dual-threat players and they have been lauded for their leadership abilities on and off the field. Dobbs isn’t as polished a passer as Prescott was coming out of college, but perhaps NFL teams are worried about making the same mistake twice.
In a recent mock draft by WalterFootball.com, Dobbs was projected to land in the second round with the Cleveland Browns.
“This is way too early for Joshua Dobbs, but the Browns aren’t scared to reach for a quarterback prospect if they like him, as they spent a third-round pick on Cody Kessler last year when everyone thought Kessler would be taken in the sixth or seventh frame,” Walter Football explains. “The scuttlebutt is that the Browns like Dobbs, as they coached him in the Senior Bowl.”
Dobbs spent the week leading up to the Senior Bowl working with the Browns coaching staff, and he completed 12 of his 15 passes for 104 yards and an interception in the game.