- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter
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The Panthers freely admit they’re in the market for a quarterback in either the draft or free agency. Gabbert and Auburn’s Cam Newton are ranked as the top prospects at that position by most draft gurus. Those same people generally have the quarterbacks ranked behind defensive linemen Da’Quan Bowers and Nick Fairley.
But, as the Panthers head to the scouting combine later this week, it’s likely they’ll be keeping an eye on Gabbert’s workouts and very possible they’ll schedule an interview with him.
If you want to see a preview of what the workout and the interview might look like, take a look at this video. Gabbert has been preparing for the combine with former NFL assistant coach Terry Shea. That’s not a bad idea. Shea has worked with a couple of other quarterbacks in preparation for recent drafts. Former clients include St. Louis’ Sam Bradford and Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman.
He may be a long shot to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, but you have to figure the Carolina Panthers, who hold that pick, are at least looking into Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert.