Is Blaine Gabbert Headed To The NFL?

December 29, 2010 – 7:15 pm by Ryan Phillips

After having a career day in a 27-24 loss to Iowa in the Insight Bowl yesterday, reports are swirling that Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert could, indeed, be headed for the 2011 NFL draft.

Gabbert, a junior completed 41-of-57 passes for 434 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. That may not be the best stat line ever, but as I’ve mentioned before, scouts are drooling over Gabbert’s tools and measurables. He could end up being the second quarterback taken in the draft (after Stanford’s Andrew Luck) if he does come out.

For his part, following the game Gabbert said that he hasn’t received feedback from the NFL draft advisory board yet and he would make a decision once he did. Then in other comments Gabbert said “We’re going to have one helluva team next year” and “People should watch out for next year.” But those heat-of-the-moment comments probably shouldn’t be considered gospel, since after careful consideration things could change dramatically.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch agrees, saying that Gabbert will likely be gone because so many teams will be looking for young quarterbacks this offseason.

Plus, with the example set by Jake Locker this year, several quarterbacks may just decided to go pro this offseason rather than risk a major stock drop next year.

We think Gabbert goes pro, since it’s unlikely he could improve his stock much with another year in college.

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