Dobbs, Sutton Help Their Draft Stock at Senior Bowl

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    Both Josh Dobbs and Cam Sutton, two former Vols, played in the Senior Bowl over the weekend, and both drew praise not only for their performance on Saturday, but also for the practices leading up to it.

    And according to Pro Football Focus, both Dobbs and Sutton helped improve their NFL draft stock with their showings at the Senior Bowl.

    Pro Football Focus gave Josh Dobbs’ the second-best quarterback grade among all the quarterbacks who played in the Senior Bowl, and he earned the fifth-best overall grade of any offensive player who saw the field. Dobbs’ grade of 71.5 was higher than the 68.3 another former Vol, Nathan Peterman, received. Davis Webb of Cal received the highest quarterback grade with a 73.9.

    Here’s what the PFF analyst team had to say about Dobbs’ performance in the Senior Bowl:

    Starter Josh Dobbs also made an impact in his cameo, connecting on 12 of 15 attempts for 104 yards. His interception was unfortunate. The ball lofted harmlessly into the defender’s arms after he was faced with little chance from a total offensive line breakdown. Otherwise, Dobbs enhanced his stock.

    Former Vol cornerback Cam Sutton showed off his versatility and his health, and that helped his draft stock in a big way according to Steve Palazzolo, one of the lead analysts for Pro Football Focus.

    Palazzolo put Sutton on his list of ten players who helped their draft stock the most in the Senior Bowl. Sutton came in at No. 10 on the list. The top player according to Palazzolo was wide receiver Zay Jones of East Carolina.

    Palazzolo claimed Sutton had “one of the better coverage grades in the game” and cited his strong week of practice as another reason his stock rose. Palazzolo also stated Sutton’s “change-of-direction was evident on the ‘best rep of the week'” when Sutton stayed on top of a slant-and-go and showed excellent body control. The South coaches had Sutton play different positions as well, taking reps in the slot corner position and at safety.

    The Vols haven’t had a player drafted into the NFL since 2014. Tennessee is expected to have several players selected in this year’s draft, and two of the most recognizable former Vols helped their chances over the weekend.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.