Blaine Gabbert Scouting Report

Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri #11

Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 235

Prototypical height for a NFL quarterback. Elite arm strength. Accuracy is adequate. Above average mobility; can buy time with his feet and occasionally take off running – similar mobility to Aaron Rodgers. When given time, his mechanics are good and fairly consistent. Holds the ball high and has a quick release.
Gets flustered under pressure; often takes off running when he still has time to stand tall in the pocket. Loses his mechanics when facing pressure; often throws from a wide stance with a somewhat sidearm motion which results in a lack of accuracy. Needs to work on his touch; often throws rockets which can be difficult to catch.
The ground work for an elite quarterback is already in place, but Gabbert still has some work to do. He isn’t as polished as a typical quarterback that would come off the board in the top 10, which is where he is projected to be drafted. He seems to be an intelligent quarterback who has made obvious progress throughout his two years as a starter at Missouri. Given his tendency to rush his motion under pressure he may benefit from sitting on the bench for awhile. Being thrown into the fire may be detrimental to his development. He definitely has the ability to develop into a franchise quarterback, but is far from a sure thing. He has a good reputation for being a hard worker and a smart kid which makes me optimistic about his ability to eventually reach his full potential.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 1 Comment

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