NFL Draft 2011: Mel Kiper Thinks Jacksonville Jaguars Had to Take Blaine Gabbert
NFL Draft 2011 and Mel Kiper Thinks Jacksonville Jaguars Had to Take Blaine Gabbert
When the Washington Redskins traded out of the No. 10 post in the first round, everyone knew it was for a team to jump up and take Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
When they announced that the team trading up was the Jacksonville Jaguars, I have to admit that I was shocked.
I think the move is a great move for the future, but there were so many holes that head coach Jack Del Rio and the Jaguars didn’t address. They better be busy in free agency.
Mel Kiper’s Analysis:
Jacksonville got a quarterback at No. 10 I had rated as the No. 1 quarterback on my Big Board. Of course, I had Gabbert at No. 14 overall. Bottom line: this draft will be viewed through the prism of Gabbert and whether he succeeds. I think he has a shot but he needs time to develop, and after this draft I see a team that didn't really improve much in the near term, but believes it has its franchise quarterback of the future. Rackley is a nice player to plug in at guard when he's needed, and Shorts could be another find from Mount Union. But a clear need at defensive end wasn't addressed, and I thought that was a key. Last year the Jaguars addressed it in free agency, and hopefully that bandage will hold. A corner also could have been used.
I love the move to get Gabbert because they can let him sit for a season and learn while David Garrard plays. Sitting for that one season will get Gabbert up to speed with the NFL.
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