The Pittsburgh Steelers head into the 2017 NFL Draft looking to add Ben Roethlisberger’s replacement to their roster.
Joshua Dobbs, the Tennessee quarterback who led the Vols to three bowl wins, their first defeat of Florida in 12 years, and brought Tennessee football back from the dead, is one of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ highest quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft. The 6’3 senior has everything you look for in a quarterback, yet still, sits in the middle of the draft.
For the Steelers, they’d love to add Big Ben’s future successor. After his scare of retirement, Pittsburgh knows it’s time to bring in the future. This new play caller doesn’t need to start for a few years, just be on the roster learning behind Roethlisberger.
Dobbs is the perfect fit for Pittsburgh. He’s not ready to play in the NFL but brings a lot of potential with the right teaching. He’s an incredibly accurate quarterback, completing 61% of his passes during his time in Tennessee, and has the athleticism to drag out players outside the pocket. On top of it all, Dobbs is one of the smartest players in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Recently, Dobbs competed in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Design/Build/Fly competition in Tucson, Arizona. Not bad for someone you need to know your entire offense inside and out.
Dobbs is a great fit for the Steelers. He already loves the team and has made it clear he’d like to be there. “It’s a first-class organization from the way they carry themselves to how they do business,” Dobbs told ESPN’s, Jeremy Fowler. “It would be an honor to play there.”
The Tennessee product is also considered nothing more than a third or fourth round pick, something very appealing to the Steelers. Pittsburgh does need a quarterback, but if they can wait on one, they’d much rather draft other assets early. If Dobbs is still around in the third, they could use their first two picks on an edge rusher and a secondary player, then draft Dobbs in the third.
This is a player who will be a steal after a year or two of development. He’s an NFL quarterback who has the possibility of learning behind a future Hall of Famer. With Dobbs’ intelligence, picking up on Roethlisberger’s way shouldn’t take long.
He’s the perfect quarterback in the perfect situation. Pittsburgh isn’t sold on taking a play-caller in the second round, and Dobbs isn’t going anywhere early. They could wait until round three or four before they need to take Dobbs, giving them plenty of time to fill other voids.
It’s the perfect fit. Bring in Dobbs to grow and become the future of Pittsburgh. He’s got everything you’re looking for in a quarterback without early round value. In a few years, he’ll make teams regret passing up on Pittsburgh’s future star QB.