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It’s time once again to take a look ahead to the 2016 NFL draft class. We’ve already looked at some WRs, some DTs, and others, but we’ve still got plenty of ground to cover. The further along this season we move, the more games I will have watched on each prospect and the more rounded and complete of an opinion I will have of them. This will become very clear once the college football season actually starts, but for now we’re still relying on 2014 tape. So without further ado, here are five more prospects from the 2016 NFL Draft class!
Joshua Dobbs, Quarterback, Tennessee
6’2.5″, 212 lbs.
After a weak quarterback draft class in 2015 that only had really two stars, both flawed, we are staring a pretty strong class in the face for 2016. It’s headlined by Michigan State’s Connor Cook, Ohio State’s cadre of QBs, and many others, but guys like Joshua Dobbs are likely to fall to the wayside in preseason evaluations.
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His stats won’t exactly pop out at you, mostly since he only started a few games in 2014, but that’s why the games are better to watch than just scout stat sheets. Dobbs doesn’t possess an elite arm, but it’s well ahead of fellow touted prospectJared Goff
. It’s about whereMarcus Mariota
is in terms of velocity and angle, and that’s plenty enough. Like many dual threat QBs, he makes his living in a one read offense, very rarely even attempting a second read before running. His rushing ability is well above average, using good vision and acceleration to set up running lanes and find space.
Overall, Dobbs is a prospect to watch in 2016 that will likely fly well under the radar in a deep class. He is inexperienced and barring a breakout year will likely be considered so through the draft period. The Detroit Lions are likely looking more to a #2 QB than a #1, though, and Dobbs could fill that developmental role in Detroit fairly easily with the upside to start down the line if he develops.
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