Thursday, January 6, 2011
Gabbert shoots up Kiper's Big Board
By ESPN.com staff
Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert declared for the NFL Draft on Tuesday, and as a result, made a big debut on ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper's Big Board.
The periodically updated list of the top 25 overall prospects in the incoming draft class ranks Gabbert No. 9 overall, a spot above Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller.
"Missouri's Blaine Gabbert jumps onto the list this week as a guy who declared while certainly with an eye to the unsettled situation in the draft market when it comes to QBs," Kiper writes. "After Andrew Luck , there's no true consensus as to who will emerge as No. 2. And if Luck opts to stay, we're obviously left with a real fluid situation."
Gabbert joins former Tigers receiver Jeremy Maclin as just the second Gary Pinkel recruit to leave Missouri early, and certainly helped his stock with a dominant, 434-yard performance in the Insight Bowl against Iowa before a late interception swung the game in the Hawkeyes' favor.
Here's what Kiper had to say in his brief analysis of Gabbert: "Strong arm, good mobility, prototype in terms of physical skills. Ranked all year in my top QBs. Jumps with draft declaration, improved stock."
Here's a quick look at the Big 12's other prospects on Kiper's Big Board.
- No. 6: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
- No. 10: Von Miller, LB/DE, Texas A&M
- No. 15: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State