Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert Officially NFL-Bound
According to multiple sources, quarterback Blaine Gabbert of the Missouri Tigers has decided to skip his last year of eligibility and head for the NFL. He is the first of three big-name underclass quarterbacks, the others being Andrew Luck of Stanford and Ryan Mallett of Arkansas, to decide to enter the 2011 NFL Draft.
After a phenomenal sophomore year during which he led the Tigers to an 8-4 regular season record and an appearance in Texas Bowl against Navy, a lot was expected of Gabbert heading into the 2010 season.
Even with a disappointing statistical season compared to 2009, he managed to lead his Tigers back to national spotlight in 2010 much like Chase Daniel did back in 2008. He passed for 3,186 yards and 16 touchdowns while completing 301 of his 475 passes. His yards-per-attempt average as well as touchdowns took a significant hit, but he stayed consistent with keeping his interception total down, only throwing nine on the season.
According to Daniel, an NFL quarterback himself for the New Orleans Saints, Gabbert will be taken in the first five picks. “I know for a fact he is going to be successful in the NFL,” he said.
Throughout his career at Missouri, he completed 568 of his 933 passes (60.8% complete), throwing for 6,822 yards and 40 touchdowns.
After losing a nail-biter to the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Insight Bowl, Gabbert has now decided to take his talents to the NFL. He has prototypical NFL quarterback size and outstanding arm strength, which will give plenty of teams a reason to use a first-round pick on this former Tiger.