Lucked Out: Is Blaine Gabbert the Top QB in 2011 NFL Draft Class?

January 8, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

With Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck's return to school, the name that is emerging as the top quarterback prospect in the 2011 NFL Draft is Missouri's Blaine Gabbert. 

With all the buzz being about the likes of Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, Arkansas' Ryan Mallett and Washington's Jake Locker as far as quarterbacks are concerned, Gabbert gets lost in the shuffle among these established names.  However, Gabbert may be a diamond in the rough for an organization looking to build around a franchise quarterback.
Gabbert possesses a strong arm that helps him complete throws to any area of the field.  At 63 percent accuracy in 2010, Gabbert acquits himself well in the spread offense at Missouri despite not completing the arbitrary 70 percent that is the typical benchmark among top tier quarterback prospects.  However, his throwing motion produces a tight spiral with the ability to place the ball over the receiver's shoulder, hitting him in stride. 
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