Josh Dobbs’ draft stock took a meteoric rise prior to the 2017 NFL Draft. Dobbs went from being pegged as a late-round pick all the way up to a potential second or third-round selection by some draft analysts. But one analyst wasn’t sold one bit on Dobbs back in late February of this year.
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report’s lead NFL draft analyst, replied to a critique on Twitter about one of his mock drafts back on February 26th. One fan took issue with Miller mocking former Vol and Pittsburgh quarterback Nathan Peterman ahead of Josh Dobbs. But Miller stood by his assertions and made a bet with the fan.
I’ll bet you a steak dinner Nathan Peterman goes at least 75 picks before Josh Dobbs. https://t.co/lg4TdIYFLH
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 26, 2017
Fast forward a couple months, and Miller’s prediction fell spectacularly short.
Josh Dobbs was taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 135th overall pick in the fourth round. It wasn’t until 36 picks later in the fifth round that Nathan Peterman was drafted by the Buffalo Bills.
Miller didn’t forget about his bet, however, and he offered to pay up on his end.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 29, 2017
Dobbs became the highest drafted Vol quarterback since Peyton Manning was taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 draft. Dobbs was just the fourth Tennessee quarterback to even be drafted since Manning was taken No. 1 overall. He joins Tee Martin (2000), Erik Ainge (2008), and Jonathan Crompton (2010) as Vol quarterbacks to be drafted since Manning.