Thursday, March 17, 2011
Vikings meeting tonight with Blaine Gabbert
By Kevin Seifert
The Minnesota Vikings sent a significant contingent Thursday to Missouri's pro day, where quarterback Blaine Gabbert threw for the first time in a public setting since the end of the college season. Vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman and coach Leslie Frazier were among those who attended, and in the video below, ESPN's Todd McShay reports that Spielman and other team officials would remain in town Thursday night for further meetings with Gabbert.
That approach is in stark contrast to the Auburn pro day workout of the other top quarterback in this draft, Cam Newton. Neither Spielman nor Frazier attended Newton's pro day, but the Vikings reportedly will work him out privately.
At this point, it's hard to imagine Gabbert or Newton being available for the Vikings' at the No. 12 overall pick. A trade up is always a possibility.
The big focus of Gabbert's workout was how he would look taking snaps from under center and dropping in the pocket after a college career spent mostly in the shotgun.
"I nailed all my drops," Gabbert told McShay. He added that NFL teams "saw today that I can easily make the transition" to a pro-style offense.