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Why QB Joshua Dobbs makes sense for Chargers

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Kiper: Nobody is smarter than Joshua Dobbs (0:54)

Although quarterback Joshua Dobbs showed some inconsistencies at Tennessee, he has the intelligence and physical attributes that Mel Kiper Jr. says could make him a solid starter in the NFL. (0:54)


Good morning.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler profiles Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs, who has had a private workout with the Chargers.

Dobbs is an interesting prospect because of his combination of physical tools and smarts.

At 6-foot-3 and 216 pounds, Dobbs can make every throw. And as someone who studied astronautics, propulsion and aerodynamics at Tennessee, he should be able to make the transition to a complex NFL offense like the one led by Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

Dobbs told ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky that he won’t be surprised if the Chargers select him.

ESPN NFL Analyst and former NFL coach Jon Gruden calls Dobbs the sleeper quarterback pick in this year’s draft.

My take: Dobbs has been projected to go anywhere from the third round to the sixth round. Some draft observers have called him this year’s Dak Prescott because of his ability to make plays with his arm and his feet.

The Chargers have done their homework on this year’s draft class, including private workouts with Patrick Mahomes and Dobbs, along with attending the pro days of Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer and Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman.

Dobbs is a good fit for the Chargers’ offense and would be a good fit in the quarterback room led by Philip Rivers. The Chargers could get a developmental quarterback with good upside without investing a high draft pick, allowing them to get a couple impact players in the top two rounds.

In his all-trades mock draft (Insider), Bill Barnwell proposes the Chargers trade the team’s No. 7 overall selection to the Arizona Cardinals for the No. 13 and No. 45 picks in this year’s draft, along with a fourth-round selection in the 2018 draft.

Barnwell writes the Cardinals could draft a replacement for Calais Campbell in Alabam’s Jonathan Allen if he falls to No. 7.

My take: I like the idea of the Chargers moving down in this year’s draft if they can’t get an impact player at No. 7. There’s plenty of depth at cornerback and safety -- both positions of need -- so the Chargers could still get a productive player at No. 13. The problem will be finding a team that wants to trade up to No. 7.

Former NFL player Willie McGinest predicts that Joey Bosa will have a tougher time notching sacks in his second season. McGinest: “I’ll admit it: I underestimated Joey Bosa. He missed camp and several games, but because of his motor and relentless playing style, he surprised me last season. If you have 10.5 sacks in your rookie season, you’re not a secret anymore.”

My take: It’s an interesting assessment by someone who made their living sacking the quarterback in the NFL. However, it will be hard for teams to double Bosa because Melvin Ingram is back on the roster. And along with being a polished pass rusher, Bosa is just as effective against the run. I think he will post similar sack numbers if he stays healthy in 2017.