Posted by Will Brinson
It's a weird year or the NFL Draft, because there are tons of quarterback-needy teams and not a lot of guarantees at the position. If one of the top QBs can come into the Combine this weekend and light things up, they could jump up draft boards real quick.
But it probably won't be Blaine Gabbert, the top quarterback in our both our prospect rankings and on Rob Rang's Big Board. That's because the Missouri quarterback won't be throwing during the Combine.
"Gabbert will run. He's just not going to throw," Gabbert's agent Tom Condon said per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We haven't had any of our guys throw (at the Combine)."
Then again, maybe Condon knows what he's doing. After all, he's had success with a few quarterbacks in the NFL Draft -- Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, and Sam Bradford leap to mind as guys who did okay on draft day.
And maybe there's no work to be done anyway. Gabbert's apparently considered the top option for at least one team, the Titans, and both Rang and Chad Reuter have Gabbert going to Tennessee eighth, which might just make things a natural fit.
Additionally, it's a logical move by Condon and Gabbert to avoid too much scrutiny on his role as a "system quarterback" at Missouri. If he struggles with certain throws at the Combine, people will wonder if he can easily make the jump to the next level.
As it stands right now, though, he's a hot commodity who actually stands to lose ground on draft boards if he doesn't come out and blow people away.
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