Friday, April 29, 2011

Blaine Gabbert, Aldon Smith go in the top 10 of the NFL Draft

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 10:17 AM

click to enlarge Blaine Gabbert is headed to Jacksonville.
  • Blaine Gabbert is headed to Jacksonville.

The only surprise of the NFL Draft for Missouri Tigers Blaine Gabbert and Aldon Smith was the order in which they were selected.

Gabbert, who was projected to go high in the first round, slipped to the 10th overall pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Smith, projected to go high but after Gabbert, was grabbed by the San Francisco 49ers with the seventh pick.



Here's ESPN's take on Gabbert going to Jacksonville:

Gabbert has the frame, intangibles and arm

strength teams look for. He is a tough leader who can play through pain

and rally his teammates, and while he needs to improve his pocket

mobility and ability to handle pressure, he has the toughness and foot

speed to do so. It's somewhat surprising he fell this far because he is

the most accurate of the top three quarterbacks on our board, and he has

the football acumen to make the transition from a college spread scheme

to a pro-style offense.

And here's the World Wide Leader's take on Smith to San Fran:
Smith could play 4-3 end or 3-4 OLB, but either

way he has to get better against the run. He struggles to sink his hips

and needs to play with better leverage, but he has the frame and

upper-body strength to improve in that area. He is a tenacious

pass-rusher with initial quickness that is just a notch below elite and

the flexibility to bend back inside when he gets underneath the blocker.

He also has above-average athletic ability and can redirect inside

after starting outside.

Missouri is tied with Florida for second place with five players selected in the first round in the last three years. Only Alabama has had more players taken (seven).  

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