KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Josh Dobbs dropped back from the 50-yard line and delivered a tight spiral 55 yards through the air, hitting Josh Malone in stride in the end zone at the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center Friday afternoon.
The throw concluded Dobbs’ 59-throw, scripted workout in front of 32 NFL teams at Tennessee pro day.
“That was the best quarterback workout I’ve ever seen,” said Vols director of player personnel Bob Welton, who prior to coming to Tennessee was an NFL scout with the Cleveland Browns for nine years.
Former Vols’ All-American and first-round NFL draft pick Robert Meachem compared Dobbs to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
“He’s like Drew in a way, he writes everything down, and it was neat and normal to me, being with Drew, that’s what he does,” said Meachem, who at 32 years old was at the pro day with hopes of making an NFL comeback at receiver.
“I think the sky is the limit for Dobbs,” Meachem continued. “He showed a lot of scouts that he really could spin that ball. I think before they got here they may have thought his mechanics were different, but from what I saw, he can spin it like the rest of them. I’m glad he called the routes he did to show them.”
Malone, Alvin Kamara, Johnathon Johnson and Jason Croom were also running routes for Dobbs, who was on-target with all of his throws, even when he went under center to take direct snaps from fellow departing teammate Dylan Wiesman.
“That last throw was amazing,” Wiesman said. “Everyone just started clapping.”
Dobbs, it seems, has been improving since each game and workout since the start of November en route to leading the SEC in passing efficiency and touchdowns while directing a the Vols’ highest-scoring offense in school history.
“I had an efficient day under center and in the (shot) gun,” Dobbs said. “I was able to show that I can make all the throws on the field, whether it’s short, intermediate, off-plant-foot throws.
“I also made the deep throws in time and in rhythm.”
Dobbs meetings with teams have gone well. The NFL teams have learned that Dobbs’ community work and classroom prowess is authentic.
On the field, Dobbs served notice at the Senior Bowl that he could quickly grasp NFL offensive concepts and throw effectively coming out from under center — something he did not often do in Tennessee’s modified spread offense.
ESPN analyst Jon Gruden proclaimed the Dobbs has the “it” factor after working him out for his television show in Orlando, comparing him with Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott.
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At the NFL combine, Dobbs out-performed Clemson’s national championship QB, Deshaun Watson in all of the field events.
“It was great being in a great environment, back at Tennessee,” Dobbs said. “Being back home and putting together an efficient day.
“I was glad to go out like this.”