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  • If Newton had performed to the level of Gabbert the last two seasons, Auburn wouldn't have won the NC or even been in the game, and he wouldn't have won the Heisman.

    Gabbert may resemble Newton physically as a prospect in shorts and a tee shirt, but not in pads when the score of the games actually counts.

    Newton has all kinds of game over Gabbert as a football player, it's not even close.

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    • Originally posted by ThePudge View Post
      What did Gabbert do to earn his lofty grades? Cameron Newton may have burst on the scene but there's no exaggerated "hype" in saying Newton was the best player in college football this past year. Blaine Gabbert wasn't that much of a difference maker on his team, where Newton took a team that normally would have lost 3-4 games min. to an NCAA Championship.

      Now, he's also 6'5 240 with a big arm and excellent mobility/athleticism. He's going to be seen by some as a top NFL prospect. I don't think there is that much "hype" surrounding Newton as many hold the opinion that he's not close to a Top 10 pick at the position. In a class with no clear-cut #1 QB (could be one of four guys depending where you look) Newton's upside/college success is going to draw some high consideration. We know there will likely be 2 or more QBs selected in the Top 10 picks and right now I don't see any way there will be two that deserve to go there... but they will. This is a weak class so all value will be inflated.

      Really, the only thing Gabbert has on Newton is starting experience. I think Cam is a superior player/prospect in every imaginable way. I also think Gabbert's immaturity shows much more on tape than any character issues that Newton may/may not possess.
      I wasnt comparing the two as prospects, merely speculating that FUNBUNCHER's description of Gabbert sounds very similar to how Newton can be described as a pro prospect.
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      • Blaine just turned 21 awhile back. He didn't have the benefit of being coached from birth by former NFL QBs. But he has all the tools, physical and mental. Top drawer. Plus he has the ideal disposition for the job. Competitive, but not over the top. Confident, but not arrogant. Easy going, but not soft. As for his production, it isn't out of line for most top picks at QB over the years. His final season was so-so compared to some other players in the draft, but he had a very impressive sophomore year, and wasn't redshirted as a freshman. I like him a lot more than Bradford from last year.

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        • Originally posted by A Perfect Score View Post
          I wasnt comparing the two as prospects, merely speculating that FUNBUNCHER's description of Gabbert sounds very similar to how Newton can be described as a pro prospect.
          Ok, I'm just strongly disagreeing with the "hype" word. Where did Newton get his hype? An incredible college football season that saw him take his team to a National Championship, contribute 50 Touchdowns (30 passing, 20 rushing), and win the Heisman trophy. What's the source of Blaine Gabbert's hype? Todd McShay.

          Now, this next part is for other posters, not necessarily you APS...

          If you're not impressed by Gabbert's film, take a look at his stat-lines, they'll re-affirm your beliefs. The guy threw 475 passes on the year in a pass-happy spread offense that is designed to inflate passing numbers. Unfortunately for Gabbert, that wasn't the case as he finished the season with a pedestrian 16:9 Td:Int ratio. Newton threw 280 passes, 30 of them were Td's. I'm not a big numbers guy, but Cam threw Td's on 10.7% of his passes... Gabbert, a measly 3.3%.... if you want to broaden that number to include other top prospects: Mallett 7.8%, Locker 5.1%.

          Another stat I like, though as I said before I'm by no means a number junky, is yards per attempt. The comparison starts with Newton a top the list (10.2), Ryan Mallett (9.4), Jake Locker (6.82), and finally, Blaine Gabbert (6.7). I mean when you break down the numbers, not only does Gabbert have some of the worst pocket presence of any QB in recent memory, he really wasn't very productive in an offense that is built for Quarterbacks to produce.

          He lacks maturity on and off the field as well, with numerous accounts here from Mizzou students/fans attesting to that. He certainly doesn't play with poise and his pocket awareness may be the worst I've ever seen. That may not get him into a ton of trouble at the college level, but Gabbert is out of his mind if he intentionally leaves his protection like this in the NFL. I don't consider him a great leader on/off the field and his command of the huddle/his team is suspect.

          So please, anyone, give me one sound reason why you'd be better off taking Blaine Gabbert Top 10 over Cameron Newton. As I said before, the only thing you could possibly like more about Gabbert is starting experience, but that doesn't say too much about your ability to play QB at an NFL level.

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          • I think he lights it up at the combine and is gone by the middle of the 1st round. He'll be no shorter than 6'4" and weigh at least 230 lbs. Also, he'll probably run about a 4.7.

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            • I refuse to draft a QB in a spread offense at Missouri who fails to put up more than 16 TDs.

              edit: You read that right, I said "refuse to draft" and not "refuse to draft in the first round".

              edit2: His numbers are pedestrian for a Pro-style offense going against elite competition. His numbers are abysmal for below average competition in a spread offense.

              Even if you watch his film, you won't go "Wow that was an amazing game from him".
              Last edited by descendency; 01-17-2011, 04:44 PM.
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              • Pudge is owning this thread again. I completely agree. I really like Gabbert's physical tools, but there's just waaaaay too much that doesn't check out. He really doesn't even look like a high level collegian quarterback on tape. His footwork is downright laughably bad for a guy starting in the Big XII, let alone for an NFL prospect. No pocket presence whatsoever. I question his vision too as he really doesn't seem to see the field very well.

                I actually think he regressed more than a little this year. I was a lot more impressed with him last season than I was this one.
                Last edited by ElectricEye; 01-17-2011, 04:48 PM.

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                • Gabbert is big with an arm. Thats really all he has.

                  Hes inaccurate, showed little ability to make reads, made questionable decisions, and seems abrasive and not the leader type. Id be very dissappointed if i was the fan of a team that took him with the intention of making him the franchise qb.
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                  Orton will never be in the same class as the Drew Brees or the Peyton Mannings or the Tom Bradys of the world. Kevin Kolb has the potential to be that kind of player.

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                  • In a handful of years we'll look back at this draft class when Gabbert, Mallett, Locker, and Newton are all NFL busts, marginal starters, or back-ups after being 1st round picks and many people will be in disbelief that they could rank them above guys like Andy Dalton and Pat Devlin who will go on to have very good to great NFL careers as starting NFL quarterbacks.
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                    • It all depends where Gabbert ends up. If his development is not rushed he could be a fine QB. He needs to sit on the bench for at least year.


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                      • Originally posted by JaxJag_1 View Post
                        In a handful of years we'll look back at this draft class when Gabbert, Mallett, Locker, and Newton are all NFL busts, marginal starters, or back-ups after being 1st round picks and many people will be in disbelief that they could rank them above guys like Andy Dalton and Pat Devlin who will go on to have very good to great NFL careers as starting NFL quarterbacks.
                        Or we'll look back and cant believe that this class became as good as the 2004 draft class and have 3 great quarterbacks drafted in the first round.

                        No one can predict the future and I think Newton,Locker and even Mallet will be great players.

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                        • Originally posted by papageorgio View Post
                          Or we'll look back and cant believe that this class became as good as the 2004 draft class and have 3 great quarterbacks drafted in the first round.

                          No one can predict the future and I think Newton,Locker and even Mallet will be great players.
                          I think I will eat my hat if this class ends up in 04's category. It is possible if they all end up in the right places, but the more I am watching, the more and more I feel like there isn't a true franchise QB here.


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                          • Does he get picked in the Top 8?

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                            • Originally posted by D-Unit View Post
                              Does he get picked in the Top 8?
                              im hoping so

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                              • Originally posted by wordofi View Post
                                I think he lights it up at the combine and is gone by the middle of the 1st round. He'll be no shorter than 6'4" and weigh at least 230 lbs. Also, he'll probably run about a 4.7.
                                He was 6"4 3/4" coming out of high school. 232 pounds at the time. He will run closer to 4.5 in the 40 than 4.7. Give the guy his due.

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