NFL DRAFT: Dobbs, Malone, Reeves-Maybin drafted in fourth round

Draft Dobbs Football The Steelers broke precedent and drafted a quarterback Joshua Dobbs of Tennessee for the first time in four years in the fourth round Saturday

That's not uncommon for any quarterback coming into the league, but some anxious that Dobbs wasn't making the necessary progression in his game and that he relied too much on his ability to run with the football.

Dobbs is also smart and experienced enough to be a fast learner.

He looked very comfortable, looked a little bit robotic in some of his drops, but his accuracy, again, was good, and he didn't flinch at all in this, which I think continues to bode well for his prospects once he continues to get the kind of National Football League environment coaching he's going to get. Dobbs enjoyed the best season of his distinguished Tennessee career in 2016, completing 63.0 percent of his passes with career highs of 2,946 yards and 27 touchdowns.

Like Prescott (6-2, 226) at Mississippi State, Dobbs (6-3, 216) starred with the Volunteers because of his arm, toughness and athleticism.

Dobbs admitted to feeling a bit of frustration as picks continued to roll in and the draft turned to day three, especially as he watched other names at quarterback go before him. "So, you know, it's continuing to prepare as if I'm the starter and be ready to go when my time comes". He hasn't played the position very long, but has shown a real knack.

Fichtner said it's a natural comparison due to their similar playing styles. I believe he had five in the last two years.

"I think you get comparisons because you're talking about guys that can throw for X-amount of touchdowns in the SEC and rush for X-amount of touchdowns in the SEC, and he's one of those guys", Fichtner said. You're talking about an athletic guy. "He's capable of doing that".

Dobbs' arrival likely means the departure of Zach Mettenberger, last year's third-string quarterback.

If you're into omens, Dobbs was the No. 135 overall pick, the same as Prescott in 2016.

The Pittsburgh Steelers may have landed their heir apparent to Ben Roethlisberger.

Fichtner said he hit it off with Dobbs right away when he took a top-30 visit to the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex earlier this month. Dobbs was in the aerospace engineering department while at Tennessee, and is known for his cerebral approach to the game of football. "This is a very sharp young man that loves football". That is unique. To be as sharp as he is, to be as accomplished as he is, and this is what he chose to do.



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