Scouting Report: New LB Dobbins Brings Physicality, Experience

  • Played as an inside linebacker. Has some explosive pop to his game. In scouting terms we would say he is more of a "thumper."
  • Shows some strike and balance. Plays on his feet. He's able to hold his ground at the point of attack. Will step up and take on blockers. Would like to see him be better with his hands when taking on those blocks. There were some snaps where he got tied up. Needs to shed quicker.
  • Sees the ball, but I didn't feel like he had a burst to it. There were snaps where he was making effort to get to the ball but was a step late. Not much start-stop quickness. Effort and hustle was good.
  •  Had one missed tackle in the hole when he came off the ball carrier in the Miami game, but from that point on did a solid job in the other games as that wrap up tackler. Showed the ability to work down the line searching the ball and finish the play.
  • Showed awareness to play in coverage. Was able to take the tight end in the flat. Struggled a little in coverage not in giving up plays but with his technique. Was fine when the ball was underneath but when he had to carry a man down the field he was clutching and grabbing the whole way due to his lack of foot quickness but worked hard to stay in position. Would not call this a strength of his.
  • Only had a couple of shots as a blitz guy and nothing really jumped out there. Would rush but didn't show the counter moves or quickness to make much happen.
  • Has special teams experience as the R4 on the kick off team, ROG on the kickoff return, left tackle on the punt team, blocker on the punt return.
  • Had a chance to visit with some front office guys that had been with him say he has an outgoing, energetic personality. Can be physical but does have average speed which limits him at times. His playing experience will be an asset especially this time of the year.  

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College: Iowa State

NFL Seasons:

Drafted: San Diego Chargers, 5th round 2006

NFL Stops: San Diego, Miami, Houston, Atlanta

Games Scouted: Atlanta, Preseason 2014: Miami, Houston, Tennessee, Jacksonville

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  • Played as an inside linebacker. Has some explosive pop to his game. In scouting terms we would say he is more of a "thumper."
  • Shows some strike and balance. Plays on his feet. He's able to hold his ground at the point of attack. Will step up and take on blockers. Would like to see him be better with his hands when taking on those blocks. There were some snaps where he got tied up. Needs to shed quicker.
  • Sees the ball, but I didn't feel like he had a burst to it. There were snaps where he was making effort to get to the ball but was a step late. Not much start-stop quickness. Effort and hustle was good.
  •  Had one missed tackle in the hole when he came off the ball carrier in the Miami game, but from that point on did a solid job in the other games as that wrap up tackler. Showed the ability to work down the line searching the ball and finish the play.
  • Showed awareness to play in coverage. Was able to take the tight end in the flat. Struggled a little in coverage not in giving up plays but with his technique. Was fine when the ball was underneath but when he had to carry a man down the field he was clutching and grabbing the whole way due to his lack of foot quickness but worked hard to stay in position. Would not call this a strength of his.
  • Only had a couple of shots as a blitz guy and nothing really jumped out there. Would rush but didn't show the counter moves or quickness to make much happen.
  • Has special teams experience as the R4 on the kick off team, ROG on the kickoff return, left tackle on the punt team, blocker on the punt return.
  • Had a chance to visit with some front office guys that had been with him say he has an outgoing, energetic personality. Can be physical but does have average speed which limits him at times. His playing experience will be an asset especially this time of the year.  

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