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NFL Scouting Combine Watch: Joshua Dobbs

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The 2017 NFL Draft looks to be yet another edition of the event where quarterback-starved franchises are digging deeper than they normally do in hopes of finding a long-term solution at the most critical position. This is evident in North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky, a relative unknown in the eyes of casual football fans, sitting at the top of nearly every scout and outlet's quarterback draft rankings.

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Related: 2017 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

It's a year where instead of production and obvious "it" factor, NFL teams are resigned to settle for the quarterback that appears to have all of the tools to succeed at the next level.

As a result, Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs has gotten lost in the mix.

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Dobbs has everything you'd want in an NFL starting quarterback. For starters, he has appealing size (6-3, 210). He's extremely mobile – both in the pocket and as a runner – yet he is more of a drop-back passer. He throws one of the prettier balls of any prospect available in 2017 and he does so with accuracy when he has time.

While at Tennessee, he mastered a spread offense similar to what many NFL teams are currently running. But this shouldn’t come as a surprise considering he’s an Aerospace Engineering major, excelling in the program and even interning during in spring 2015 for a project that was developing the engine for the military's next fighter jet.

Whether or not he can decipher NFL defenses should be the least of concerns when drafting Dobbs.

Heading into the NFL Scouting Combine and the various pre-draft activities, most scouts and mock drafts have Dobbs as a late-round pick, falling in the latter part of the sixth and early seventh rounds. If he indeed falls that far, he must be considered a steal at that point. He's a proven winner who played in a big-time conference for a program with a lot of pressure and attention on it.

Dobbs has proven to be an elite learner in the classroom. Common sense tells us that he would have no issues carrying that trait to NFL film rooms and sidelines, soaking in the knowledge necessary to be a starting quarterback on the next level.

If he can show confidence, impress in the interview rooms as he is expected to, and make all of his throws with ease like he did during his time in Knoxville, I would not be shocked to see a team move up and take a gamble on him late in the third or early in the fourth round.

— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo! and Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.