Josh Dobbs could very well emerge as one of the biggest sleepers from the 2017 NFL Draft class. The Steelers' fourth-round selection threw for 7,138 yards and 53 touchdowns at Tennessee — and he found plenty of success as a runner as well.
Ben Roethlisberger won't be around forever — and I have a feeling Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh coaching staff have plans for Dobbs to take the reigns when Big Ben hangs it up.
Dobbs showed flashes in the first preseason game against the Giants but still threw two interceptions and absorbed three sacks. Not ideal. The rookie looked more poised during last week's game against the Falcons (10-of-19) but his outing will be defined by one awful throw.
Take a look.
Josh Dobbs pulls his best Jameis Winston impression.
Quincy Mauger pulls it in. INT pic.twitter.com/ZwS2iFqc5m
— Carlton (@SlopingGiraffe) August 20, 2017
The classic case of a young quarterback trying to do too much when the play breaks down. Just throw the ball away — or even take a sack. It's not the end of the world young man.
Again, these are the growing pains that every young passer has to fight through and Dobbs will be better for it.
Assuming Roethlisberger stays healthy this season — Dobbs will have a nice opportunity as the backup to learn the playbook and master the Steelers' offense. That's all he needs.