I want to preface what I’m about to write with this: Josh Dobbs is one of the best quarterbacks in Tennessee Vols history.
Especially considering the circumstances under which he played (you know, the Butch Jones era).
But being a great college quarterback doesn’t always translate to success in the NFL.
We’ve seen it plenty of times, from players like Casey Clausen to Tim Tebow, it just doesn’t always work out.
I think Dobbs is following that same path. And I think the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team who drafted him in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, knows that as well. That’s why they selected Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph with the 76th overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Dobbs is going to have to claw and fight to stay on the Steelers’ roster over Rudolph and veteran backup Landry Jones.
His odds of being on Pittsburgh’s 53 man roster next season aren’t very good. It’s doubtful the Steelers would select Rudolph with a high selection and then relegate him to the practice squad. And there’s no way they’re letting Jones, the only other quarterback on the roster who’s seen NFL action aside from starter Ben Roethlisberger, walk out the door.
If we’re being honest, Dobbs’ ceiling as a NFL quarterback is probably as a number three quarterback.
The former Vol just isn’t accurate enough to make it in the NFL. He had tremendous success at Tennessee because of his ability to improvise when plays broke down.
But his throws, at times, left a lot to be desired.
Sure, Dobbs finished his career with a 61.5 completion percentage. But anyone who watched the Vols from 2013-2017 saw plenty of terrible throws from Dobbs that were either way too high or hit the ground a foot in front of his intended target.
In the NFL, those throws aren’t incompletions. They’re interceptions.
And it’s hard to stick on a NFL roster if you’re throwing lots of interceptions (unless your name is Jay Cutler).
Vol fans should appreciate Dobbs for what he did during his time on Rocky Top, but they shouldn’t expect big things from him in the NFL.
Unfortunately, that’s just the way the cookie crumbles sometimes.
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