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Bill GM Nix: Gabbert 'similar athlete' to Newton

Posted on: April 2, 2011 3:37 pm
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Posted by Will Brinson

The Buffalo Bills, because of Chan Gailey's innovative offensive mind, are widely considered a potential landing spot for former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

But Blaine Gabbert could land there as well -- depending on what the Panthers and Broncos do, of course; worth noting is that our own Clark Judge has him there ahead of Newton. And, if you need proof, how about the strong praise the former Mizzou signal caller drew from Bills' GM Buddy Nix for his athleticism recently?

"People don't realize, they talk about what a good athlete Cam is, which he is, but [Gabbert] is a very similar athlete." Nix said to WEDG Radio, per Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News.

Well, now, that's nice and everything, but -- and no offense to Gabbert -- that might be a stretch, Buddy.

"He's 6-4, and he's 234 pounds and he ran 4.61 (40-yard dash)," Nix told WEDG Radio. "He can jump. He's 10 feet, 3 inches long jump. Athletically he's really a big, fast athlete. He's a smart guy. He's a little like Cam in that he hasn't played a lot. — He played three games his senior year in high school. He didn't play any as a freshman except in a mop-up role and then started two years."

Look, Gabbert's a good athlete. No question about it. But no amount of height or weight or speed is going to make him a "similar" athlete to Newton. That's because Newton is the freaky-deakiest of the freaks when it comes to raw athletes that we've seen in sports, in a pretty long time. If he was more polished as a quarterback and/or there weren't some concerns about his off-field behavior/personal life, there wouldn't be a discussion about who was getting drafted at No. 1 overall.

It would be a slam dunk for Newton and no one would think twice. But there are questions and that's how Gabbert's getting involved in the discussion. So, yeah, it's great for him, but let's not carried away when we start discussing the phrase "athleticism."

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Posted on: April 3, 2011 2:17 pm
 

Bill GM Nix: Gabbert 'similar athlete' to Newton

This is why the Bills end up with top 10 draft picks every year. Their front office cannot distinguish Aaron Maybin from Brian Orakpo. They whiff on Marshawn Lynch and draft a Reggie Bush-type specialist in C.J. Spiller even though they already have Fred Jackson coming off a 1000 yard season and have much bigger holes to fill at other positions. Now there's a good chance that they're going to waste the 3rd overall pick on Newton or Gabbert when they could wait til the 34th pick and possibly take Locker, Mallett or Ponder instead, because I really think it's a crapshoot on which one of those five will really have the best career. Their recent draft history indicates to me that they will screw this up somehow.


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