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March 17, 2011

Gabbert goes deep at pro day

Gil Brandt thought after Cam Newton's pro day last week the Panthers should draft the former Auburn quarterback.

After watching Blaine Gabbert sling the ball around Missouri's indoor facility Thursday, Brandt wasn't so sure.

Brandt, the Cowboys' longtime player personnel director who now writes a blog for NFL.com, was among those in attendance for Gabbert's long-anticipated pro day. Gabbert chose not to throw at the combine last month, so this was his chance to answer questions about the accuracy of his deep throws.

Brandt reported that of the 50 passes thrown by Gabbert, only one was uncatchable – a go route he overthrew. Another pass – a deep post – probably would have been picked in the NFL, according to Brandt.

Otherwise, Gabbert was nearly flawless in front of a crowd that included about 125 scouts, coaches and general managers.

His workout was outstanding — much better than Cam Newton’s at Auburn's pro day on April 8,” Brandt wrote. “Newton had six passes that were uncatchable at his workout, although it was outdoors in windy conditions.”

Six head coaches were in Columbia, Mo., for the workout, including Denver's John Fox, the former Panthers' coach whose new team picks second behind the Panthers.

Ron Rivera, Fox's successor, was not in attendance. But Rivera will get a firsthand look at Gabbert this weekend during a private workout.

Gabbert comes with less baggage than Newton. He also scored well on the Wonderlic test, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

The Panthers have six weeks to figure out what they want to do with the top pick.

By all accounts, Gabbert gave them plenty to think about Thursday.

--Joseph Person

 

Posted by Observer Sports on March 17, 2011 at 05:59 PM | Permalink

Comments

No coincidence that Person wrote this blog instead of Cam-wagon Darin Gantt. Can't wait to hear the excuses DG comes up with for why Newton's scripted pro-day was better than Gabbert's!

Posted by: Fred | Mar 17, 2011 6:07:39 PM

That's all we need to know ,this is why Gabbert is rated the #1 QB over Newton on ALL boards!...did i say ALL boards!...ACCURACY is a BIG deal and Cam does NOT have it ex: Clausen...NEXT!..Go Defense with the pick.

Posted by: qb | Mar 17, 2011 6:15:02 PM

If there is no football this year, will the panthers automatically get the #1 pick, or will there be a 5 team lottery or what? Anybody in the know?

Posted by: B | Mar 17, 2011 6:37:02 PM

this weak arm qb no way gabbert sucks he wish he was the half qb that cam is. this guy is a loser

Posted by: trex | Mar 17, 2011 6:37:16 PM

this weak arm qb no way gabbert sucks he wish he was the half qb that cam is. this guy is a loser

Posted by: trex | Mar 17, 2011 6:37:16 PM

Smart folks know not to put too much stock into these pro days. Remember Alex Smith, JaMarcus Russell.....had outstanding pro days. There's no fool proof way of gauging success at the QB position in the NFL. I read a lot of posts here supporting one QB or another for whatever reason, knowing

Posted by: Lpdog | Mar 17, 2011 6:43:23 PM

Gabbert's 9 interceptions to 16 touchdowns, proves he's much more accurate than Cam... only if you live on the moon. No way we take a weak arm, weak playing QB over a proven winner who's touch down to interception numbers look like this 30 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, oh yea against stiff SEC defenses. I saw Gabbert's work out and even indoors with no wind, his arm looked weak. Receivers had to wait on the long ball, it wobbled to the side lines. He looked mediocre at best. Of course Todd McShay who played QB for Richmond wouldn't know what big time QB's look like. Cam will be here in Carolina April 28th... mark your calenders. Rivera didn't even waste his time going to Missouri instead Gabbert will have to come to Charlotte and beg for a chance to share hairspray with Jimmy Clausen.

Posted by: Matthew Clemons | Mar 17, 2011 6:57:02 PM

Smart folks don't take 1yr wonders and pay them mils of dollars either...Matthew Clemmons 4/28 will be a sad day for you when Cam is a Redskin!..M.Dareus #1

Posted by: qb | Mar 17, 2011 7:17:07 PM

I think the Panthers will be getting a good player no matter who they end up taking unless they take Gabbert. This guy is a practice player. When the lights come on Gabbert is no where to be found. He stunk in all 3 big games he played in this year. In the bowl game McShay looked at he threw for 1 Td & 2 Picks. The last one went for 6 & cost Mizzou a bowl win. Gabbert is fast becoming one of the biggest draft legends in a while. He has Tim Couch written all over him. The lack of production in an offense geared around him are enough to turn me off on Gabbert. His offense threw 85% of the time & he only accounted for 16 TDs in a weak defensive league. I would take Newton all day over Gabbert. I will be cool with Peterson, Newton, Green, Dareus, & Fairley. Just please don't give me Gabbert.

Posted by: Smiley | Mar 17, 2011 7:34:10 PM

Please god NO gabbert. Blaine Gabbert the football player SUCKS. Don't give me he scored high on teh wonderlic. The wonderlic has nothing to do with football or winning. Hell Greg McElroy scored a 48, he sucks too. Look at history, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino scored 15s. Peyton scored a 25. The test is meaningless. Pro Days are Pro Days. I know i watched EVERY Auburn game this season, and with each week came a better and better Cam Newton. He learned and progressed each game. And he also has the IT factor. The kid WINS wherever he is at. Period. The kid is a winner and i would love for him to be the face of the CAROLINA PANTHERS.

Posted by: Jeremy | Mar 17, 2011 7:48:14 PM

Pro-days are useless until you see a player live playing at the nfl level. Of course your going to look good with no pass rushers chasing after you, along db's not cobering your receivers. Funny how they say he is pro-ready though, nobodys knows how well or bad Newton or Gabbert will do.

I wish future prospects were to wear fullpads, instead of shorts and a t-shirts. Heck bring some nfl defenders to really test these Qb's and see if they are good with the hype they are getting.

I don't trust either Qb this yr in the 1st round. Gabbert is similar to Clausen except for the height, quick release, arm stregth, media loving, and a good leader. His deep ball accuracy suck, horrible pocket presence constantly leaving the pocket when he has good protection. Runs into a sacks or the sidelines. Only if Luck didn't stay in school lol.

Posted by: jerome carter | Mar 17, 2011 7:59:00 PM

Gabbert sure is working his way to become one of the most unheard of prospect to end up being selected #1 overall. Wow what a dream come true that would be for Gabbert.

I have to wonder what excuses will they make for him if he was to flop in the nfl? Probably would hear much blaming on the Panthers than on Gabbert who couldn't live up to the hype.

Gabbert does have one of the best agents in Tom Condon. Who is great friends with Mei K, Todd M, Mike L, Mike Maylock, Steve W etc etc. They know they will do anything to make sure he is selected there, when he doesn't deserve to be. He has never had faced pressure, but will be given a free pass for his mistakes.

Funny how Nick F was the projected pick, then Bowers. Next up Patrick P, Marcell D, and now after the so called outstanding pro-day it's Gabbert. It would be funny if none of their mock draft selection who is draft #1 will look really stupid.

Posted by: oh wow | Mar 17, 2011 8:09:02 PM

jeff george jr!

Posted by: joe cool | Mar 17, 2011 8:17:08 PM

HELL NO DONT WANT ANY PARTS OF LAME BLAINE!!!!

Posted by: trex | Mar 17, 2011 8:29:41 PM

Your into stats and highlights way too much... How about instead of how many td's he got in college, you should look at his footwork, his instincts, the fact that he doesn't hold the ball too long, his 4.6 40, his high intelligence... Last time I checked, there is actually pressure in the NFL, it doesn't matter how accurate you are, when you don't know how to avoid pressure and when you can't read defenses, you're going to be a huge bust. I love these stupid articles about how Mallet and Newton will be better. Mallet can't avoid pressure, if you watched his bowl game... It was garbage, and Newton can't read defenses to save his life.. He will be too busy worrying about his social life than staying in the film room and watching how to be a better qb. Gabbert has no issues, he can avoid the pocket, he's 6 foot 5 and he he's a smart qb, and has a quick release.. Enough Said..
Matt Ryan's 2007 qb rating- 127 with 19 int
Blaine Gabbert 2010 qb rating-127 with 9 int's
Have a Good day morons.. When we draft him and you guys boo all day long and for months after.. please do not jump on the bandwagon when he becomes a franchise qb.. cause I don't want you morons involved in my cheering section..We don't need any more fake fans.... Panthers have plenty already

Posted by: Gus | Mar 17, 2011 9:32:28 PM

todd mcshay never played a down for Richmond actually. draft petersen, skip the first pick altogether if can't work a trade down. vikings did it years ago on purpose or not(not from number one but fell from 7 to 9 in fact we picked up Jordan Gross at 8 that year) we could let our 15 minute slot slip and have our card ready for #2 or lower slot as we see fit, there are no rules against it.

Posted by: Isaiah | Mar 17, 2011 10:04:15 PM

I'm into production more than stats Gus. This guy hasn't put up stats & he hasn't won at the college level. Newton dominated statistically & he has also won. You also forgot to mention that Newton only threw 7 picks this year against a much harder level of competition. Blaine Gabbert looks like backup QB material to me. He wouldn't be a good fit in the Panthers new scheme & I will be incredibly disappointed if the Panthers take him #1.

Posted by: Smiley | Mar 17, 2011 10:09:00 PM

i should be QB! Word!

Posted by: money edwards | Mar 17, 2011 10:09:45 PM

" you should look at his footwork, his instincts, the fact that he doesn't hold the ball too long, his 4.6 40, his high intelligence"

Idk what you be watching, but he has horrendous footwork, instincts is suspect, does hold on to the ball long.

"Gabbert has no issues, he can avoid the pocket, he's 6 foot 5 and he he's a smart qb, and has a quick release"

Lol he sure doesn't show he can aviod a pass rush, much like rushing into the Dlinemen. Lets see how he does vs nfl defenses, let see if he can live up to the hype before all of these predictions.

"Have a Good day morons.. When we draft him and you guys boo all day long and for months after.. please do not jump on the bandwagon when he becomes a franchise qb.. cause I don't want you morons involved in my cheering section..We don't need any more fake fans.... Panthers have plenty already".

Nobody knows we they are going to draft, it would be funny if they didn't draft a Qb at all and went another position. The hype must have gotten into some fans eyes.

I have to wonder if he flops and Carolina ends up with a top 5 pick will they pass on Luck and stick will Gabbert or will they take Luck and trade Gabbert lol?

Posted by: j johnson | Mar 17, 2011 10:13:24 PM

Just because you dominated the college level doesn't translate to the nfl. If thats the case whoever wins the hesiman should be the #1 pick by default.

Posted by: j johnson | Mar 17, 2011 10:18:24 PM

screw the QBs, take Marcell Dareus from 'Bama.

Posted by: rick | Mar 17, 2011 10:38:51 PM

"you should look at his footwork, his instincts, the fact that he doesn't hold the ball too long, his 4.6 40, his high intelligence". "Gabbert has no issues, he can avoid the pocket, he's 6 foot 5 and he he's a smart qb, and has a quick release".

Oh really, what games do you watch?


Gabbert's biggest mechanical flaws are that he pushes the ball at times, and doesn't have good footwork. He definitely has "happy feet" when under pressure, and does not step up in the pocket. While he has good straight-line speed, his poor acceleration and change of direction negate that because he gets brought down before he can get into the open field. His deep passes travel slowly, giving defenders time to get to the ball, and taking away the deep passing game.

Gabbert abandons the pocket too soon and tends to hold onto the ball for too long waiting for his top receiver to get open, instead of moving to his next read. He is definitely a one-read quarterback, which should worry scouts a little bit. While he plays well when the play goes right, he loses composure when something unexpected happens. In the NFL, the play is almost never going to go completely according to plan, so this is going to be a problem. Missouri's passing offense frequently sputtered to a halt in goal-line situations because Gabbert struggled with quickly reading the defense and getting it into small windows. His first interception in the Insight Bowl, which came at the end of the first half, typified his red-zone struggles. In addition to struggling with fitting the ball into tight windows, Gabbert lacks the instincts and awareness to see the whole field and know what's going on around him, as evidenced by this sack where he never saw the blitzing defender coming from his right side.

Sounds like the next Clausen to me, besides the height, media loving him, and a leader.

Posted by: oh wow | Mar 17, 2011 10:58:48 PM

Cam Newton is still the man. He performed best when it counted most, IN REAL FOOTBALL GAMES! Too bad, you anybody but Cam haters, Mr. Newton is STILL at the top of the board for the Panthers!

Posted by: Brown | Mar 17, 2011 11:01:44 PM

"Mr. Newton is STILL at the top of the board for the Panthers!"

Says who, are they looking at 8 players. Did the Panther ever say Newton was top of their board? If so, show me a source besides Tom S article.

Posted by: oh wow | Mar 17, 2011 11:05:14 PM

I say draft Peterson or Fairley with the 1st pick, then try to trade into the late 1st round or early 2nd round and draft Christian Ponder to be the next franchise QB. He has looked the best out of all the QBs in this offseason. He's smart, has good speed and is accurate. Forget Newton, Gabbert, and Mallett. They will all suck!

Posted by: Pissed Off Cats Fan | Mar 18, 2011 2:56:24 AM

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