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Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick: Round 1, Pick 10
Poor Blaine Gabbert. Like Kaepernick, he was drafted to be a backup. Like Dalton, he put up good numbers in college. Like Ponder, he has a stud running back to work with.
However, he has a whole host of other problems to deal with. Jacksonville is a struggling franchise that can best be described as a sinking ship. They struggle to maintain good attendance and are then subject to blackouts that do more harm than good. It seems like long ago, they were steamrolling the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs behind MJD.
Instead, they are a below-average team with a below-average coaching staff and little good news to speak of. Their receiving corps is thin at best, and their offensive line has been heavily invested in with less than ideal yield. MJD's knee is scaring people, and the Jaguars defense has holes pretty much everywhere except linebacker.
Still, there are positives here. Gabbert has no pressure to be good now, because the starting gig is clearly with Garrard. What's better, Jacksonville expects Garrard to do poorly, so Gabbert will always be the "better" option. Finally, the coaching staff is completely behind him and look set to give him every opportunity to shine.
Unless Garrard has a good season (unlikely), look to see the Missouri alum calling the shots next year.
Verdict: 2011 backup, 2012 starter