MOBILE, Ala. — Josh Dobbs didn’t waste any time creating a positive buzz at Senior Bowl practice at Ladd Stadium Tuesday afternoon.
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, whose staff is leading the South team, mentioned Dobbs first and most prominently when asked for a general comment on the quarterback play.
“All of them had a good day, (but) I thought Josh Dobbs did extremely well,” said Jackson, a quarterbacks coach at the college and NFL level before taking over the Browns before this season. “I thought (Davis) Webb did good, and I thought Antonio (Pipkin) did some good things. They all have their strengths.
“It was the first day and we were throwing a lot of information at them, so that’s a tough environment to be in.”
Dobbs’ ability to retain and sort information quickly has been well documented in the many stories about his aerospace engineering degree and impressive academic background.
On Tuesday, with gifted receivers running crisp routes and only dropping two passes, Dobbs’ passing accuracy also surfaced.
“He completes balls, he’s more athletic and he has a good arm,” Jackson said, asked by an NFL writer what he liked about the Tennessee quarterback. “He throws the ball extremely well. I was a little surprised at how well he threw the ball.”
Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said coming in that NFL teams wanted to see if Dobbs could be more consistent with his throws.
Dobbs was 12-of-18 passing in the one-on-one drills, going 8-of-11 in the 3-step drop with receivers covered by defensive backs and 4-of-7 in shotgun with backs and tight ends matched by linebackers.
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Dobbs said he approaches his Senior Bowl practices every day eager to prove to NFL coaches and scouts that he’s the best quarterback in the all-star event.
“I felt I was able to maximize my opportunities today,” said Dobbs, who measured in at 6-foot-3 1/2 and 216 pounds at the official weigh in earlier Tuesday.
“I’m out there to compete, play to the best of my abilities and execute the offense and the schemes, and not prove myself, but show that I’m the best quarterback,” he said, “and that’s what I’ll continue to show them.”
Dobbs said he felt honored to have the privilege of working with Jackson — a sharp contrast to Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, who turned down a Senior Bowl invitation.
Watson declined the invite even though Cleveland has the first pick in the draft and asked him to attend the practices so it could get more time working with him.
Dobbs took full advantage of his time in the sun working under Jackson.
“I’d heard all the great stories about Hue, and they’re true, he’s a players’ coach, has great energy QB guru,” Dobbs said. “So to be able to receive first-hand coaching from him on field was a lot of fun and great opportunity.”
Dobbs said he’s well aware there have been other quarterbacks that, like him, were considered to be of the dual-threat variety when they came to the Senior Bowl but impressed enough to be drafted and make an impact in the NFL.
“You saw it last year with Dak (Prescott), and you’ve seen it with several payers over the years,” Dobbs said. “At the end of the day, when you step on the field, no matter where you’re drafted, or slotted or picked, you step on the field to compete.”
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