Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs Aims to Impress at NFL Combine

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INDIANAPOLIS — Josh Dobbs is not here to steal the spotlight from quarterbacks like Clemson's Deshaun Watson, North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky or Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer.

At the NFL Combine, the former University of Tennessee quarterback wants to make a name for himself.

"I don't really think I am trying to improve anything," Dobbs said. "My goal out here is just to come out and be myself and have fun, show off my fundamentals. … I think coming in (I want to) show my football intelligence, my leadership capabilities.

"I see myself as a quarterback that's able to make all the throws from the pocket, and is able to use his arm strength and his arm accuracy, but also has the ability to make plays when necessary and when needed for his team to win."

His former teammate with the Vols, receiver Josh Malone, vouched for him.

"I feel like he is going to do fantastic here, running well, throwing well," Malone said. "He is a hard worker, so I expect his hard work to show on this national stage. And as an NFL quarterback, I am expecting him to make a team and making an impact in the coming years because he is really a great quarterback and a great leader."

Dobbs completed 202 of 319 passes for 2,655 yards with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2016 for the Vols. He also rushed for a UT quarterback-record 713 yards and nine touchdowns. Dobbs led the SEC in touchdown passes (26) and passer efficiency (152.6) while ranking fourth in the SEC in passing yards (2,655).

Titans general manager Jon Robinson watched Dobbs play against Nebraska in the Music City Bowl last month. He also watched him at Senior Bowl practices in January in Mobile, Ala.

"He is an extremely smart guy, and obviously played at an extremely high level for a really good program that coach (Butch) Jones runs at Tennessee,'' Robinson said of Dobbs. "He is a team-first guy, he is a tough guy, he is a really good athlete. He made some really good throws in the Music City Bowl I was able to watch."

Watson, who guided Clemson to a national title last season, and North Carolina's Trubisky are considered the top quarterbacks in this year's draft class. Heading into this week, NFL Network's Mike Mayock had Notre Dame's Kizer atop his top five rankings, ahead of Watson and Trubisky.

Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II and California's Davis Webb round out Mayock's top five.

Dobbs has been training for the combine while also traveling back and forth to Knoxville, where he still has six hours of classes left until he graduates.

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"I've been juggling both," Dobbs said, "training to be a professional quarterback and finishing up school in May."

Draft analysts have projected Dobbs as a late round pick who could possibly be an undrafted free agent.

ESPN's Jon Gruden has been impressed with Dobbs, who will take part on Gruden's "QB Camp."

"Dobbs is a dual threat,'' Gruden said of Dobbs. "He's from a no-huddle offense. He can really create plays with his legs. He played some of his best football when the team was behind and when the game was on the line. He brought the Volunteers back to win from double-digit deficits more than any guy in the country. He's a great kid, very intelligent, and I think he caught peoples' attention at the Senior Bowl."

Titans GM Jon Robinson, head coach Mike Mularkey make their media rounds at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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