After surviving a retirement scare from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger this offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers made it a point to select a developmental quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft. They picked Josh Dobbs in the fourth round, and hope he can be groomed into a starter by the time Roethlisberger actually retires.
However, not everybody is as optimistic as the Steelers that Dobbs will be able to make an impact in the NFL. Bleacher Report draft guru Matt Miller talked with a NFL general manager, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, that was less than enthusiastic about Dobbs’ potential.
When asked about what it means that Dobbs slipped into the fourth round despite growing pre-draft buzz, he didn’t beat around the bush.
“It means trust the tape. Neither of those guys (including Nathan Peterman, who was drafted in the fifth round) was any good on Saturday. We’re smarter than you guys give us credit for,” he stated.
Dobbs played in a spread offense in college and has never been asked to take a snap from under center. His throwing mechanics also need work, but the Steelers love his capacity for learning and think he’ll adapt quickly to life in the NFL.
And if he doesn’t, the Steelers have Landry Jones, who signed a two-year deal to remain as the backup this year.
However, the anonymous general manager is right to an extent. He’s far from a guarantee to be ready to take over as the starter whenever Roethlisberger decides to retire.