Ever since his impressive Insight Bowl performance, Blaine Gabbert has been the talk of the draft community. And rightfully so: the 6’5″, 235-pound signal caller possesses ideal size, a rocket arm, and enough mobility to make plays outside the pocket. Now that Andrew Luck’s opted to stay in school, the Missouri QB has a shot at being the first quarterback to come off the board this April.
Coming out of a spread offense, Gabbert lacks experience taking snaps from under center, and his pocket presence can be shaky. But those exceptional physical tools stand out on tape, as they did in Mizzou’s season opener against Illinois.
NFL teams will have to determine during the interview process whether Gabbert has the smarts and work effort necessary to become a quality NFL quarterback. However, there’s little doubt that he possesses top-shelf tools and a very high ceiling.