NFL Draft 2011: Jacksonville Jaguars select Blaine Gabbert

The national spotlight treated Blaine Gabbert well on a perfect 2010 Homecoming weekend in Columbia. Will it treat him well in Jacksonville? (Photo for KBIA Sports Extra)

The arrival was delayed a little longer than anticipated (at least in comparison to his former teammate at defensive end), and though the destination may be somewhat unexpected, this much everyone has known for years: Blaine Gabbert's journey will continue in the National Football League.

Ever since Blaine Gabbert was even a blip on the football radar, he has been a pro prospect in waiting. But on the long road to professional football, Blaine Gabbert was a Missouri Tiger. Tonight, Rock M Nation salutes Blaine Gabbert for his service to the Mizzou football program as he heads to the Jacksonville Jaguars after being drafted tenth overall.

Gabbert leaves behind him 18 wins as the starting quarterback of record in two seasons, an undefeated starting record against Kansas, and a signature win that has been described by many as a "once-in-a-lifetime" Homecoming Weekend. 

So, Jacksonville, what are you getting in Blaine Gabbert? Let's go to the RMN archives and pull out the Blaine Gabbert Draft Profile.


Blaine Gabbert has found a number of champions in the media, but he's also found a number of critics, notably Wes Bunting of National Football Post. And while this bit of fence-sitting isn't a hot sports opinion that will blow up our page views, I kind of agree on both sides. Gabbert has every single physical tool that makes NFL scouts tingly, including a rocket arm that can dent receivers' sternums. And while I think concerns about his "meekness" are overblown (being overly vocal does not immediately equal leadership), the concerns about his ability to read defenses and pressures in real time are very much a concern. But that's what you're getting with Gabbert. You can be concerned about his footwork from under center or his reads. You can't be concerned about his skillset. Ultimately, how much do you trust your coaching staff to turn NFL talent into NFL success?

Check it all out at SB Nation's NFL Draft Hub and our NFL Draft blog Mocking the Draft. For the Jaguar perspective, check out Big Cat Country.

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