Originally posted by jreff22:
Originally posted by Jcool:
Originally posted by OnTheClock:And notice I said it's "a big part" instead of saying "it's the ONLY part" that separates high round players from later round guys. There are several other factors that went into Gabbert's selection -- the slim-pickings being a huge one.
Christian Ponder & Andy Dalton both were still on the board. Its not like Gabert was considered the last good QB in this draft.
For a lot of scouts I think they had Cam, then Gabbert, then everybody else. The top talent at QB was supposed to be Cam and Gabbert, I was surprised Ponder went that early.
JCool, we're talking about perceived quality here. Slim pickings means in this case that the crop, regardless of where they went, was not very good. Gabbert was a junior whose "NFL size" was something a lot of people got caught up with. His underclassman status led many to believe he had a higher ceiling, and with his size and other physical attributes being better than most of the other QB's, he was touted as having NFL physical ability. Players like this, especially if they're in a winning program, can ride the hype train into the high rounds.
This doesn't change the ultimate point that production is a large part -- although again, not the only part -- of what usually separates high round players from later round guys with the same physical attributes.
[ Edited by OnTheClock on Nov 17, 2011 at 4:15 PM ]