When the Jaguars selected Blaine Gabbert with the 10th overall selection, the instant comparison that the NFL Network crew made was Sam Bradford. It’s not hard to see why. Take a look:
Height – 6’4″
Weight – 236
40 time – 4.79
Wonderlic – 36
Height – 6’4″
Weight – 234
40 time – 4.61
Wonderlic – 31
The immediate expectation is that Gabbert will make a similar transition to the NFL as Bradford. Both quarterbacks found tremendous amounts of success in spread offenses against Big XII defenses. Bradford became the eventual 1st overall selection in the 2010 Draft despite a shoulder that was twice injured in 2009 and required surgery as well as a 56.5% completion percentage in his final season.
Gabbert was once thought to be a 1st overall selection as well, albeit a healthy one. Gabbert’s final season in Missouri featured a much stronger 63.4% completion percentage. After falling to tenth the Jaguars felt it was worth it to trade up six spots and select him.
A little over a month ago I introduced a concept called the 26-27-60 Rule that is used to predict NFL QB success. It states that, “If an NFL prospect scores at least a 26 on the Wonderlic test, starts at least 27 games in his college career and completes at least 60 percent of his passes, there’s a good chance he will succeed at the NFL level.”
Blaine Gabbert’s 31 Wonderlic score, 29 games started and 60.9% career completion percentage made him one of only three quarterbacks that passed all three aspects of the test. Andy Dalton and Christian Ponder were the only two other quarterbacks that qualified in all three aspects, but both of those quarterbacks came with questions of arm strength. Very few question the arm of Gabbert.
I have not watched nearly enough tape of Gabbert to start dropping inticate particulars of his abilities, so here are some scouting reports from experts: