Blaine Gabbert, Aldon Smith file paperwork with advisory committee

Missouri juniors Blaine Gabbert and Aldon Smith have filed their paperwork with the NFL Draft advisory committee.

COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 13: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert  of the Missouri Tigers passes during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats on November 13, 2010 at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Gabbert has a future in the NFL, but probably not until 2012.

Both have potential 1st-round ability, but I would be moderately surprised if either entered the draft. Missouri is coming off a surprisingly successful season, and could legitimately compete for a Big 12 title in 2010.

Additionally, both players still have a lot to prove in the college ranks.

Gabbert is a tremendously talented quarterback, but I believe he would get lost in the mix in this year’s draft. Assuming Andrew Luck, Ryan Mallett and Cam Newton all enter the draft, Gabbert could fall a long ways. By returning to school, he could elevate his stock to 1st-round status in 2012.

As for Smith, he is coming off a somewhat disappointing, injury-plagued season. He missed three games with a broken leg, and only recored 4.5 sacks – seven fewer than his total in 2009.

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