Blaine Gabbert is not an NFL prospect.

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  1. Deuce Wayne

    Deuce Wayne Damnit, I cant find my driving moccasins anywhere!

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    I was surprised a month or so ago when this kid's name popped up out of nowhere, but it seems the hype has only grown- for whatever reason since then. I don't know who this guy sold his soul to, where he found a lamp, or how many wishes he got from it... but Blaine Gabbert as an NFL quarterback is an absolute joke.
    Maybe this kid's uncle is Mel Kiper... I don't know. I can't figure it out. He was on no ones... and I mean no one's board one week, and then was on everyone's the next. What did he do? Did I miss it?

    Here's what we know about Blaine Gabbert:

    1. "Against four top-35 defenses (Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma State and Navy) Gabbert completed just 46.3 percent of his attempts for an average of 208.5 yards. The Tigers lost all those games"

    Yet people think this kid is a 1st round pick? Unless he gets to play the Houston Texans 16 weeks, he'll never make it.

    2. He played in a gimmick offense. You know, the same offense Chase Daniel played in- and Chase Daniel was the better NFL prospect (talent-wise) of the 2. I wonder what he's doing these days? Probably doing someone's taxes at HR Block as we speak.

    3. He has questionable work ethic. Not something that typically creates winners... and probably the reason he couldn't win vs anyone decent.

    4. He has a strong arm. And here it is once again... the strong arm that projects every average QB in to the first round, regardless of the piles of question marks around him. Jamarcus Russell was drafted 1st overall due to a strong arm alone. Who cares how strong a guy's arm is when he's not accurate?

    5. He has terrible pocket presence. Reminding many of David Carr... he constantly tries to scramble away from pressure that isn't there. (see video below)



    Blaine Gabbert is the bad Brett Favre. Not the one that makes amazing plays 4 times a game then 2 insanely bad ones to ruin it... but just the reverse.

    How kids can keep getting bumped as top prospects based on size and throwing strength year after year blows my mind. Do results not prove this isn't the way to evaluate talent?


    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/gamelog?playerId=381364

    That's Blaine Gabbert's game log. Note key performances like his 0td 2int game vs Kansas, Texas Tech, San Diego State, Nebraska, etc. It's not as if this guy was struggling against the best competition in the nation... he couldn't get it done vs mere good teams.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5nGYHLeB2g&feature=player_embedded

    Look at this all-world performance vs the Illinois secondary full of runningbacks and wide receivers due to injuries.
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  2. griff33daddy

    griff33daddy Special Teams Standout

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    i think everyone is hyping up all the qbs really at this point i dont think we will know anything until the actual combine and qbs start working out for certain teams and then we can decide who we think is going to go where and what qbs have what it takes to be an actual nfl qb
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    Gabbert has some tools, strong arm, mobile.....but he is not worth a top 10 pick in this draft. I am hoping Zona takes him because I really believe he is the QB the Titans will look at. To me, he is a poor man's Jay Cutler. Personally, the only way I would take him as a Titan is if he slid to round 2, which won't happen. He needs 2-3 years of work with a quality NFL QB coach to work out some major flaws. As far as I'm concerned, the most NFL ready QB in this class is Ponder, and even he is not ready to start from day 1. I'm still holding out hope we go defense in round 1 and take Ponder in round 2.
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    Agree with you here Deuce, with the exception of Chase Daniel...unless he is doing the HR Block work on the Saints clipboard, I would bet that he is Brees's backup.
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  5. TorontoTitanFan

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    Gabbert is only in the round 1 consideration because some people think that he has the ability to develop his very raw skills into becoming a very good pro QB. It might take three years of sitting on the bench (like Aaron Rodgers, another quarterback who had huge flaws in his game but the raw tools needed to succeed in the NFL).

    No one is suggesting that Gabbert's there yet. He's not close. I think judging him based on what's he's done is college is somewhat pointless. It doesn't matter what kind of offense he played in in college. It doesn't matter what his stats were against good or bad college defenses. All that really matters for Gabbert is his raw tools.

    No one thinks he's a good quarterback now. Some think he could develop into a good quarterback, and even one that's the best in this class.

    Is a guy like that worthy of the #8 pick? Probably not.
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    OK...but is that worth a #8 pick? Not in my opinion.

    Best in class is not justification if the class is below average.
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    Yeah, that's why I said I don't think he's worth taking at 8.
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    For a team like the Titans that is looking to rebuild in the next 2 to 3 years, they might just draft this guy and it is a risk. Unfortunately, we might be missing out on other more talented kids on defense and OL
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  9. RavensShallBurn

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    If Peterson, Amukamara, Dareus, Quinn, or Miller are available (which obviously a couple of them will) and we take this loser, I will turn off the TV and spend draft day doing something else.
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    We have seen similar remarks made about Locker. Strong arm, athleticism and the comparisons to a guy like Aaron Rodgers. The thing is Rodgers can spin a football through the eye of a needle. In the NFL it is all about accuracy and you have it or you don't.

    I really believe Newton has the best skill set. He is already more accurate than just about every QB in the draft, has as strong of an arm as anyone and can run like a RB. We can talk about how race has nothing to do with perception but I have no doubt if Newton was a 6'5, 250 pound white guy (Gabbert) nobody would question his passing skills. The similarities to VY hurt him as well. But judging him only on how he throws the ball he is as accurate and NFL ready as anyone (and far ahead of where VY was when he got drafted). His ability to run is a plus.
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