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Gabbert's stock rises?

Now that Andrew Luck is going back to college, there is sure to be wide disagreement on the quarterback class for the 2011 NFL Draft. Numerous draft speculation has the stock of Missouri Blaine Gabbert rising and he's being touted as the top QB in the draft. He has classic size, but it's hard to see his play on the field justifying a top-10 pick in the draft. Gabbert played in the ultimate pass-happy offense, throwing 475 passes this year. That was 64 more than Arkansas' Ryan Mallett threw, and Mallett was in a pass-happy offense. And it was almost double the attempts that Auburn's Cam Newton had (246). ... Yet Gabbert had 16 TD passes, half of Mallett's total. Gabbert had 16 TDs and 9 INTs. Mallett had 32 TDs, 12 INTs. Newton had 28 TDs, 6 INTs. Gabbert did not look good against the best Big 12 defense he faced, Nebraska. Top 10? I didn't see it on the field.

---Mark Gaughan



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