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Pick: Alshon Jeffery
Bold Prediction: Jeffery does not save Blaine Gabbert
Like I mentioned before, there are two theories to helping a quarterback: Surround him with weapons, or get him a great offensive line. Gabbert did not have much of either in his first year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Regardless, I do not believe Jeffery, or anyone else for that matter, can help Blaine Gabbert be a good quarterback.
From what I have seen of Gabbert, he does not have what it takes to stand tall in the pocket and deliver a pass under pressure. As a quarterback, if you do not have that factor, your success will be limited at best, no matter your other skills.
Gabbert is one of those guys I will never understand why he was a first-round pick. He was a mediocre (at least by first-round pick standards) quarterback at a school—Missouri—that is not exactly synonymous with NFL stardom.
He was by far the worst starting rookie this season. A good measure of a young quarterback's progression is how much he uses his tight end, generally seen as a safety valve. Gabbert had a good one to work with in Marcedes Lewis, but Lewis disappeared with Gabbert at the helm. Fresh off a 10-touchdown season, Lewis posted a goose egg in 2011.
Jeffery will be a great player, but it will take some time before we see his true ability surface on a weekly basis.