Tag:Blaine Gabbert
Posted on: February 27, 2011 1:41 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2011 6:47 pm
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Taylor, Locker are fastest QBs at combine

Posted by Eye on Football Staff

INDIANAPOLIS -- As expected, the two fastest quarterbacks at the NFL combine were Tyrod Taylor and Jake Locker.

Taylor led all quarterbacks with a 4.45 and Locker posted the second-best time with a 4.52.

Colin Kaepernick (4.53), Josh Portis (4.56) and Cam Newton (4.58) rounded out the top five. Blaine Gabbert, top-rated "traditional" quarterback, clocked in at 4.61.

Those times are unofficial as of right now -- NFL.com's Frank Tadych points out that if Taylor's time holds up, it would be the second-fastest at the combine since 2000 and Locker's would be the fourth fastest.

Considering how far Locker's stock fell over the past year, it's pretty impressive to see how quickly he's rebounding once getting in front of NFL execs.

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Posted on: February 25, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Gabbert humble, cocky at same time

Posted by Eye on Football staff

INDIANAPOLIS – During his time in front of the media today at the NFL combine, former Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert was respectful and humble*, and when asked about Auburn QB Cam Newton, he had nothing but nice things to say.

*Also, his head of hair was awfully impressive.

“Cam is an explosive athlete,” Gabbert said in the video below. “He has all the talent in the world. We’re going to compete and fight it out and may the best man win.”



But he wasn’t quite as low-key in an interview on Sirius NFL Radio, via Pro Football Talk. That’s when he said he was a better quarterback than Newton.

“There’s no question,” Gabbert told Adam Schein and Rich Gannon. “I’m going to outwork everybody. My parents have raised me that nothing’s ever going to be given to you in life. You’ve always got to earn it. And that’s what I’ve applied to football and academics, that you’ve got to work for everything you’re going to get.”

I just wish he had said that when CBSSports.com had our cameras rolling.

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Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:59 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 11:03 pm
 

Gabbert will run, won't throw at Combine

Posted by Will Brinson

It's a weird year or the NFL Draft, because there are tons of quarterback-needy teams and not a lot of guarantees at the position. If one of the top QBs can come into the Combine this weekend and light things up, they could jump up draft boards real quick.

But it probably won't be Blaine Gabbert, the top quarterback in our both our prospect rankings and on Rob Rang's Big Board. That's because the Missouri quarterback won't be throwing during the Combine.

"Gabbert will run. He's just not going to throw," Gabbert's agent Tom Condon said per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We haven't had any of our guys throw (at the Combine)."

Then again, maybe Condon knows what he's doing. After all, he's had success with a few quarterbacks in the NFL Draft -- Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, and Sam Bradford leap to mind as guys who did okay on draft day.

And maybe there's no work to be done anyway. Gabbert's apparently considered the top option for at least one team, the Titans, and both Rang and Chad Reuter have Gabbert going to Tennessee eighth, which might just make things a natural fit.

Additionally, it's a logical move by Condon and Gabbert to avoid too much scrutiny on his role as a "system quarterback" at Missouri. If he struggles with certain throws at the Combine, people will wonder if he can easily make the jump to the next level.

As it stands right now, though, he's a hot commodity who actually stands to lose ground on draft boards if he doesn't come out and blow people away.

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Posted on: February 19, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Would Titans 'snap up' Blaine Gabbert?

Posted by Will Brinson

The quality of quarterbacks in the 2011 NFL Draft is a bit suspect -- there's some interesting talent out there, but no one who stands out the way Sam Bradford did last year (or the way Andrew Luck would have).

The most interesting candidate for the largest number of teams (Cam Newton simply doesn't fit the profile for everyone, sorry) is probably Missouri's Blaine Gabbert.

And Jim Glennon of the Nashville Tennessean believes the Titans would "snap up Gabbert in a heartbeat if he was available at No. 8 overall."

Now, Glennon qualifies that statement by using the phrase "based on the reviews" he's seen, but it's still kind of spicy.

The Titans certainly could use a quarterback, and it's the most glaring position position of need right now. But they've got the Vince Young stigma (heavy first-round investment in a "franchise" signal caller) still hanging over the team.

And there's a new coaching staff in town -- drafting Gabbert at No. 8 overall means that Mike Munchak needs to be uber-confident the Mizzou product can be "the guy," because they're going to be hitched for his career for better or for worse.

But if Gabbert's as good as people think -- and there's reason to believe that, despite the limitations that the Tigers' spread offense might have placed on him in terms of reading defenses -- then maybe that's not so bad after all.

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