Audio: Greg Cosell Of NFL Films Breaks Down QB Joshua Dobbs

For a while now, Greg Cosell of NFL Films has been one of my favorite draft analysts and especially when it comes to the quarterback position. While I heard Cosell talk about several of the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft class way ahead of the annual event, somehow I missed him breaking down Joshua Dobbs, who the Pittsburgh Steelers selected last weekend in the fourth-round.

After doing a little research, I found some audio of Cosell breaking down Dobbs right after this year’s scouting combine took place and I have embedded that interview below for all of you to listen to. During the interview, Cosell talks about Tennessee products Dobbs, Alvin Kamara and Josh Malone on ‘The Midday 180’ show that is aired on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville.

Early on in the interview you’ll hear the show host talk about Cosell’s scouting report on Dobbs that he posted on his Twitter account and I have located that and posted it below for all of you to read as well.

  • Jaybird

    i would not have been upset if we took Kittle in the fourth instead . Not at all.

  • xXWARisHELLXx

    Ok, so he’s a run first, inconsistent QB that doesn’t throw the deep ball well. How on earth does that fit into the Steelers offense?

  • Dean O’Brien

    I think the key here is that this kid has the POTENTIAL and ATHLETICISM to hugely upgrade the BACKUP quarterback position. He’s also an HONOR STUDENT. That means that this kid is both disciplined and can learn without the use of stick figures — both rare traits these days! Remind you of anybody?

    They are clearly thinking young Charlie Batch here, not young Ben Roethlisberger.

  • JesusChristTheGodMan .

    Have you actually watched his tape? I’ll go out on a limb and say no, because his deep ball accuracy was one of the best in the class.

  • RickM

    I have watched the tape. If it was anywhere near what you suggested he would not have been drafted at the end of the 4th round in a weak quarterback class. Even Greg Cosell, who has no bias either way, cited his arm strength limitations and accuracy issues.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I am a believer that part of the reason Dak Prescott was so successful was because he played behind the best OL in football, with one of the best RB’s in football, with a star WR who demanded double team attention.

    The OL and scheme gave him plenty of time and vision to look over his options and check down to the open receiver. That is my hope for Dobbs (if he ever has to play). Run the ball with Bell. Clear out the field with Brown and Bryant. Then make safe throws to Ju Ju and Green and James.

    Believe me I am no “fan” of the Dobbs pick. But remember, all of that tape of him in college is with a very average supporting cast playing in a tough conference. The Steelers have some serious weapons. If Dobbs can’t make it as a back up QB in Pittsburgh, he won’t make it anywhere.

  • Bob Loblaw

    Because his inconsistencies can be explained by not having a QB coach in college. He’s got all the physical and mental traits you’d like, he just needs time to work on mechanics.

  • Craig M

    Though maybe not all agree on this selection he surely is an upgrade over Mettenberger.

  • David Dulaney

    Somewhere between Tee Martin and Dennis Dixon.
    Wasted pick.

  • Xclewsive

    Dobbs growth and development will depend on coaching. If the Steelers can fix some of his flaws he’s got talent.

  • Brenton deed

    The Steelers’ organisation spent a lot of time on him before the draft considering he was a fourth round pick. They must think his apparent flaws are correctable. As for me …I wouldn’t have a clue!

    The fourth round is an “in between” round … plenty of busts and plenty of good players (Ike leaps to mind)

  • Conserv_58

    It’s apparent to me that Dobbs would have been much further advanced in his development if he had been properly coached in college. It’s easy to understand why the Steelers see him as having a high upside.

    * He has a very humble and likeable personality.
    * He has a high IQ that allows him to learn new offensive concepts and schemes quickly.
    * He’s an eager and willing student.
    * He has a cool and calm demeanor.
    * He’s a natural leader.
    * He’s got the physical attributes coaches look for.
    * He loves the game.

    It’s not a stretch to think that the Steelers see him as being a high quality lump of clay that they can mold into becoming a quality NFL QB. What’s even more compelling is that Dobbs wants to be molded into a polished product. He clearly has the drive, self discipline, enthusiasm and study habits to become an accomplished QB. I think Ben likes what he sees in Dobbs and that is a big reason why he told him that he is willing to take him under his wing and teach him everything he knows. Dobbs is smart enough to realize that by being drafted by the Steelers he couldn’t have been put in a better situation. He got drafted by the best organization in professional sports, he’s got a future HOF QB that is willing to teach him, a great coaching staff, teammates and a devote fan base. He also has the luxury of knowing that he’s going to be brought along slowly and not thrown to the wolves.

  • Conserv_58

    You, like so many of his detractors, fail to see the bigger picture as it relates to his lack of development. First and foremost, he didn’t have a position coach in college. He was essentially left on his own to figure out how to play the QB position.

  • Jim Foles

    No deep balls. Sounds like Brady’s game.

  • will

    Wasted selection.

  • will

    So Tennessee is a very poor football program. Don’t go there

  • will

    Bubby

  • will

    Ben’s lesson #1: Never follow a woman into the restroom even if you have your O Lineman with you as a lookout.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Ha, Bubby reference. Remember how the camera always use to pan to his mother after he got hit or something happened? She was always a wreck.

  • ATL96STEELER

    I’m watched many TN games start to finish…Dobbs is not a complete prospect by any stretch and I agree he was drafted at least a round too early…most all QBs in this draft were taken too early…that’s par for the course.

    The question to me is…is he coachable, can he be developed into a decent backup QB…the jury is still out on a definitive answer, but I think yes to both questions.

  • daytona610

    Sensible comment. Based on what I saw of Tennessee OL, Dobbs was running for his life half the time.

  • daytona610

    I understand that Mettenberger is out now.

  • Conserv_58

    You really didn’t need to go there. Let it go already.

  • Conserv_58

    Mettenberger was out as soon as they handed their pick in to Goodell for Dobbs.

  • Conserv_58

    He majored in aero space engineering. Obviously, football wasn’t his primary reason for going there.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Sorta sounds like Kordell Stewart.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Not a natural thrower. That’s a big deal.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    It was more than that, tho..

    Prescott’s excellent completion percentage is on him as much as the real other factors you mention. Kids got something.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Good point. He makes for an interesting backup QB because of his running ability.

  • RickM

    Yes I agree. Having time benefits anyone, but the guy is undeniably pretty accurate and calm, and his ability to take off when the pocket collapses is a bonus. I just think he’s a good one and it even showed in the pre-season when the starting O-linemen were on the bench.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    He does have something. But if you put Prescott on the Browns instead of the Cowboys he would be looking a lot more like Jared Goff and a lot less like Troy Aikman.

  • will

    Ben’s lesson #2: Never ride a motorcycle without a helmet.

  • Conserv_58

    That is a misconception based on the lack of coaching in college. Tim Teebow was not a natural thrower and Dobbs clearly has a better throwing motion than Teebow did.

  • Conserv_58

    What about the fact that he never had a QB coach in college to bring him along don’t you understand?

  • Conserv_58

    Where the Steelers were picking him was only a couple of picks from the fifth round. Therefore, using the excuse that he was picked a round too early is devoid of credibility.

  • ATL96STEELER

    I’m not making any excuses, but to your point. I think every one knows the bottom of any round is very close to the next round.

    At 135 there were 3 QBs on the board that PIT reportedly had shown some interest in…Dobbs, Peterman, and Kaaya. If you’re suggesting all 3 would have been gone at 173, we have something to debate.

  • popsiclesticks

    Dak also threw ropes into small windows (especially against the Steelers), threw very accurately on the run and had three 115 rtg games with Dez Bryant out. So many people cite his OL and WRs and RB and everything else to deflect credit from him and I do not understand it.

  • popsiclesticks

    Maybe. Maybe not. Put Ben and Tom Brady on the Browns and they might not be HoF-ers either.

  • popsiclesticks

    I would love to have Kordell Stewart as a backup for the next few years.

  • popsiclesticks

    Unless you’re wrong. Should have gotten value with this pick and found the next Doran Grant.

    You never know. Let him play first.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Cmon man.. Tebow? lol
    I’m not disrespecting your opinion, cause heck what do I know about Dobbs and I see from other comments you’ve made you really like him.

    But personally, I can’t think of a single QB in NFL history who was successful without having a natural throwing motion. And running in the NFL makes for a poor career. Just ask Vince Young.