KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Josh Dobbs was taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers as the No. 135 overall pick in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
He is a quarterback from Tennessee whose draft stock had been on the rise.
Dobbs closed his senior season strong and impressed NFL scouts and coaches at the Senior Bowl as well as the NFL combine and in team interviews.
Dobbs has often been compared to Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, who attended Mississippi State and was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft — also as the 135th pick overall.
The NFL draft concludes on Saturday. Teams will announce the signing of undrafted free agents on Sunday.
Here are 5 things to know about Dobbs:
1. Josh Dobbs set several records at Tennessee
Dobbs led the Vols to three straight bowl wins, guiding Tennessee set single-season school records for touchdowns and points in 2016. Dobbs set UT marks for career yards rushing by a QB (2,160) and career rushing touchdowns by a QB (32). Dobbs’ 831 yards rushing last season was a single-season record for Vols QBs and also led the team.
2. Josh Dobbs was originally committed to Arizona State
Arizona State coach Todd Graham cited Dobbs as a recruit that got away, and in August of 2015 predicted Dobbs “will have a tremendous career,” according to the Twitter account of former ESPN reporter and current Palm Beach Post Miami Dolphins writer Joe Schad. Butch Jones “flipped” Dobbs in his first recruiting class as Tennessee’s head coach.
3. Josh Dobbs’ throwing accuracy at the Senior Bowl impressed
Dobbs played for the South team at the annual college all-star game in Mobile, Ala., and he immediately impressed Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson. The Browns’ staff was coaching the South team, so Jackson was able to work very closely with Dobbs. “He throws the ball extremely well,” Jackson told SEC Country.com that week of practice.
4. Josh Dobbs majored in aerospace engineering at Tennessee
Dobbs’ off-field studies are well-documented, as he was a “Chancellor’s Honors Program” student who carried a 4.0 GPA in Tennessee’s engineering school. Dobbs, who grew up in Alpharetta, Ga., served two internships with aerospace giant Pratt and Whitney during his academic career.
5. Josh Dobbs projected as high as first round in NFL draft
ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay said after the Senior Bowl the Dobbs was a potential “Day 3 steal,” but after Dobbs’ starred at the NFL combine and impressed coaches in interviews, the projections changed. In the week leading up to the draft, McShay suggested Dobbs could sneak into the end of the first round.