2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

by Cory J. Bonini on March 16, 2011 @ 04:14:01 PDT

 


Missouri junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert figures to be a high first-round selection in April's NFL Draft, and he could be the first player chosen at his position with Andrew Luck returning to Stanford.

Gabbert completed a career-high 63.4 percent of his passes for 3,186 yards, 16 aerial scores and nine interceptions in 2010. As a sophomore in '09, he threw 24 touchdown passes and 3,593 yards with just nine picks on the year. 

Strengths

  • Excellent size (6-foot-5, 235 pounds)
  • Prototypical pocket passer
  • Arm strength - can make all of the necessary NFL throws
  • Great pocket mobility and underrated athleticism
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  • Intelligent, hard worker
  • Team leader
  • Doesn't force too many passes
  • Very competitive
  • Studies a lot of film - always looking for a way to improve

Weaknesses

  • Needs to improve his touch passes on short routes
  • Inexperienced taking snaps from under center
  • Could have used another year at Missouri
  • Pocket awareness is lacking sometimes
  • Rarely goes through his progressions
  • Doesn't regularly look off defenders
  • Tends to panic under heavy pressure
  • Missed time as a high school senior with foot and shoulder injuries

Expected draft placement

Gabbert could go as high as No. 7 (San Francisco 49ers), but the Tennessee Titans (No. 8), Washington Redskins (No. 10) and Minnesota Vikings (No. 12) are all in serious contention for his services.

Gabbert should be a top-15 selection. In worst-case scenario, he could fall to the Seattle Seahawks (No. 25).

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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