April, 28th 2011, New York City, the green room of the NFL draft and Blaine Gabbert has been sitting here waiting for his name to be called. Blaine could have been the number one pick this year in the draft. This was not to be as the Carolina Panthers took Cam Newton. Not to be outdone the Tennessee Titans also passed on Blaine and picked Jake Locker from Washington.
Things weren’t looking good for Blaine as the feel seemed to be that he could be on the slide through round one like a few of his predecessors. Blaine would not have to wait much longer as the Jaguars traded up with the Washington Redskins and selected Gabbert at number 10. By selecting the big armed quarterback from Missouri the Jaguars made a commitment for the future of their franchise. While being selected in the top ten does hold a lot of weight for a quarterback, Blaine has room to improve his skills and learn the offense as he will most likely sit his rookie year out behind David Garrard and Trent Edwards.
This will give him a leg up on Newton and Locker as he would only be thrust into competition due to injury. Blaine by all rights has a great NFL arm but needs to work on his skills under center as he worked in the spread offense in college. Look for Blaine to make his impact on this team within 2 years possibly three. For Jaguar fans in doubt of this move just think of the Bengals and the strategy they used with Carson Palmer who sat out his rookie year and then became a Pro Bowl quarterback.
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