Quarterback - Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
Private Workout: Yes
Private Visit to Team Facility: Yes
Attended Proday: Yes
Pass first, spread offense QB with the ability to compact his release and can make a hurried throw with good accuracy and rotation. Mostly familiar with slants, quick outs, bubble screens and is deadly accurate ont he skinny post down the seam. Has great velocity and timing on the 18 yard out. Sometimes doesn't get enough loft to the more touch passes, but in general has good touch when dropping a ball between defenders within 15 yards. Has a "brute" element to his game, and seems proud of it, will lower his shoulder to punish a tackler on the run. Accuracy seems to be a product of his comfort on the move in his system, and may need significant work to master balance, dropback and accuracy from under center. Overall a solid first round grade.
Where He Goes in the Draft:
What is Denver's Interest In Him?
A spread QB who the Broncos needed to take another look at in order to properly place him on their draft board. As a falling value outside of the top ten their interest may get piqued, but overall the worked him out to round out their observations of what kinds of skills he had to translate to systems he didn't run in college.
EFX saw no need to bring him into Dove Valley despite a likely high ranking on their board, because there is no need to get him familiar with the facilities. Turns out they spent their final overall interview slot on Gabbert and he visited the team on the final day that visits were allowed. They must feel from the workout that he is ready to take on the challenges of a pro system, and it is probable that they wanted to get a feel for how he might prepare and work on weaknesses. Mark me down as someone who feels that they are helping to reinforce the idea that teams should consider him in play as high as #2 overall, just in case it helps grease the skids for a trade.
|CB Patrick Peterson|
|DT Marcell Dareus|
|QB Blaine Gabbert|
|Top||OLB/DE Von Miller|
|1||DE Robert Quinn|
|DT Nick Fairley|
[Note: All players in the table are ranked by overall grade within their round grouping, however, the round groupings are based on where this player will likely be drafted based on where teams are currently selecting in the draft. Therefore a player is ranked within a group by his level of ability, but players in nearby groupings may have higher or lower actual grades, despite being in a different group. Confusing enough for you? --Styg]