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First of all, let me say I think Blaine Gabbert is a good pick for Jacksonville, especially if they let him sit for a year behind David Garrard. However, the entire situation leading up to Gabbert's selection was rather strange.
Some experts thought it was possible that Gabbert would go as high as the fourth pick to the Bengals (if the Bengals accepted the fact that Carson Palmer's not coming back). However, the Bengals passed in favor of A.J. Green, a pick that is very hard to argue with.
If Gabbert did not go to Cincy, it was seemingly unanimously accepted that if he slipped to the 49ers at No. 7, that San Francisco would be tripping over themselves rushing to the podium to announce that they had selected the Missouri QB. However, the Niners passed as well in favor of a different Missouri Tiger, defensive end Aldon Smith. Unlike the Bengals passing on Gabbert, this selection was significantly less defensible.
Then, things got really strange. The Tennessee Titans, selecting at No. 8, needed a quarterback and theoretically should have been thrilled to death that one of the top two quarterbacks in the draft fell into their laps. So the Titans did what they needed to do and took a quarterback . . . but it wasn't Gabbert. The Titans reached for Jake Locker who many people thought was not going to be drafted until the 25th pick.
The fact that the Jaguars wanted to trade up to take Blaine Gabbert with the tenth pick was not all that surprising and Gabbert really did not slide that far. The fact that the 49ers passed on Gabbert and the Titans selected Jack Locker, making Gabbert the third quarterback taken... Now that made for a shocking situation.