NFL News and Rumors: Does Blaine Gabbert's Pro Day Make Him the No. 1 Pick?

Matt FaulconerFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2011

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Missouri Tigers drops back to pass during the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes  at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28, 2010 in Tempe, Arizona.  The Hawkeyes defeated the Tigers 27-24.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert held his pro day workout on Thursday at the University of Missouri campus. 

One of the top-rated college quarterbacks, Gabbert was looking to solidify a chance at becoming the top selection in April's draft.  Leading up to his pro day, there were reports indicating that the Carolina Panthers preferred Cam Newton to Blaine Gabbert.

There were reports that scouts had a lot of doubts about Gabbert's accuracy both downfield and outside the hash marks.

Gabbert was looking to ease scouts' minds yesterday at his pro day, and he may have done that.  Gabbert completed 44 of 49 passes, mainly from under center, in an attempt to prove that he can play in a pro style offense.

He looked fluid, crisp and accurate.  He put up a slightly better percentage than what Cam Newton put up in his pro day, and was working with receivers that he was not familiar with because of the NFL lockout.

However, the question remains, did Blaine Gabbert do enough to secure the No. 1 pick in April's draft?

That answer might be decided on Saturday when Gabbert plans to work out in a private meeting for the Carolina Panthers.  Ron Rivera did not attend Gabbert's pro day, but will certainly be in attendance for his private workout.

Should these two workouts be enough to secure Gabbert the top spot in the draft?

The simple answer is that it should not. 

Gabbert did not have the college career that leads a player to be selected with the top pick.  He finished with a completion percentage of 63.4 percent and averaged only seven yards per pass in his final season at Missouri.

Gabbert did not have an impressive touchdown to interception percentage, throwing only 40 touchdowns and 18 interceptions for his career.

The biggest statistic on Blaine Gabbert is that when he attempts a pass more than 15 yards downfield, he only completes 30 percent of his passes.  When scouts are worried about his downfield accuracy and the statistics are there to back that up, that has to be a major concern for the Panthers.

The fact is that Blaine Gabbert nor Cam Newton should be the top overall selection in the draft.  If the Carolina Panthers want to guarantee that their first pick is an impact player, they should select Patrick Peterson or Marcell Dareus.