Originally posted by Papa_bear_21:
I'm just really confused about the hype on Blaine Gabbert.
It just seems like all the negatives for QB's coming out of college are just being ignored for this guy.
- He played out of a pure spread, often in 4 and 5 wide formations
- He put up okay numbers playing in a very passer friendly offense (even Chase Daniel was 63% as a sophmore and 68% as a junior)
- He did not really come up big in big games
- He did not have many challenging "in the pocket" throws with bodies flying around him and people in his face
Furthermore, taken from a post from today's 49ers Hot Read blog (link ):
Nothing like 15 minutes to closing time at the bar to start making those homely chicks look like stunners. For those of us not wearing beer goggles, we can see that Blaine Gabbert is NOT the QB the 49ers need.
Of the defenses Gabbert faced last year, only ONE, Nebraska, had a pass defense in the top 40 in the nation. In that game, Gabbert completed 18 of 42 attempts, or 42.9%, for 199 yards. Half of his yardage came in the 4th quarter when Nebraska was up by three scores and playing soft zone.
In the Insight Bowl against Iowa’s pass defense, 55th ranked (yards) and 104th (TD’s allowed), Gabbert threw 1 TD and 2 INT’s. BTW, this is out of 120 teams in the defensive rankings.
From 2009 to 2010, Gabert’s TD/INT ratio went from 24/9 to 16/9, and his rating dropped from 140 to 127, despite another year of experience and a weaker schedule.
Now let’s get some coffee, sober up, and we’ll look for that franchise QB in 2012.
Now I'm in the "draft a QB" camp because I believe that there are almost as many busts at other positions and NONE have as great an impact than the QB. So that's not the issue. I'm just wondering why not more people see Blaine Gabbert as a a potential boom or bust guy?
Gabbert did not have stunning amount of team success or overwhelming statistics. But scouts look at the tape and see the following:
- tall, can see the whole field very well
- strong arm, can rifle passes to any location
- accurate, and his accuracy has improved throughout his career
- athletic, moves around very well
Probably worth noting that he was one of the most highly regarded high school prospects of his class. By all accounts is a bright kid too.
My question is if he's has all of those attributes that scouts say, why didn't he destroy Big 12 defenses? It's reasonable to expect a top QB in a draft class to dominate defenses that have maybe one or two players with NFL futures. It's possible there wasn't much talent on that offense. But it's a legit concern with Gabbert. I'm torn on him personally, and would probably have him as my 3rd ranked QB.