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I wasn't sold on Gabbert coming out. The guy who played quarterback at Missouri before him—Chase Daniel—has not transitioned to the NFL well after playing in the spread offense.
However, Daniel did not have the size, arm strength, and intangibles that Gabbert has. People have begun to place Gabbert ahead of Newton in their mock drafts because of the outstanding job Gabbert has done the past month.
He did not throw at the Combine, smartly, and surprised a lot of people with his speed. Nobody thought he was athletic, but his 4.61 40-time suggests otherwise.
At his Pro Day Gabbert was flawless. NFL network's Mike Mayock compared it to Sam Bradford's, after which the Rams pretty much declared they were going to draft him over Ndamukong Suh.
This draft is full of quarterbacks with imposing stature, and Gabbert falls in to that category at 6' 4'', 234 lbs. What was most impressing about his Pro Day was the down field throws—he was accurate on all of them.
Gabbert has shown the ability to make every NFL throw, and every team at the top will be aiming to get him.