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Strong Pro Day from Gabbert could push him to 1

Posted on: March 17, 2011 3:22 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2011 6:48 pm
A strong throwing session from Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert could push him to the No. 1 overall pick.

According to a Twitter note from Dave Matter of the Columbia Daily Tribune, Gabbert completed 44 of 49 passes and characterized "at least three" of the incompletions to drops by the collection of D-II receivers organized for the workout. With Missouri having no draft-eligible receivers, he was left to rely on others, rather than former teammates to catch his passes.

A source on the scene characterized Gabbert's workout as a "8" when asked to score it on a scale of 1-10. The source pointed out some "little issues intermediate and deep." But also noted "good velocity and accuracy on the move."

Gabbert's "little issues" on deeper passes wasn't unexpected. This was a primary concern based off of the largely horizontal (rather than vertical) passing he was asked to do while operating Missouri's spread attack.

In demonstrating good footwork from under center and accuracy while on the run, Gabbert helped alleviate concerns about his ability to translate to a more traditional pro-style offense.

As expected, the Missouri Pro Day was well attended by NFL decision-makers, including Jets' head coach Rex Ryan, Ravens' head coach John Harbaugh, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, Bengals' head coach Marvin Lewis, and Jaguars' head coach Jack Del Rio.

We'll have more updates from Missouri's Pro Day as the day goes on, including a report on pass rusher Aldon Smith's attempts to better a rather disappointing Combine workout.


Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 3:24 pm

Strong Pro Day from Gabbert could push him to 1

This is little more than a gut feeling, but I think this guy's Alex Smith 2.0.  Could very well be wrong, and like I said it's mostly just a gut feeling, but we'll see.

Since: Mar 21, 2011
Posted on: March 22, 2011 10:48 am

Strong Pro Day from Gabbert could push him to 1

yeah teams are lining up for qb's that cant throw deep,  hey how come we're not hearing about all the teams scheduling private work outs with hair boy ala ryan mallett .  this has all the marking of another figment of tom condons imagination plunge via brady quinn

Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: March 19, 2011 11:31 pm

Strong Pro Day from Gabbert could push him to 1

I was disappointed Gabbert didn't throw at the Combine, but I am glad he had a good Pro Day workout.  I just hope he gets a shot in the NFL with a decent team.  
I don't think he is ready to step in immediately, but a year on the bench behind a veteran could really pay off for him.
Time will tell.

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