Despite criticism, Blaine Gabbert will not throw for scouts at the NFL Combine. (Photo by JJ Stankevitz)
Former Mizzou QB Blaine Gabbert’s agent Tom Condon confirmed on Tuesday that his client will only partially participate in the 2011 NFL Combine, according to the STL Post-Dispatch.
“Gabbert will run. He’s just not going to throw,” Condon told Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Gabbert will instead unleash his arm for the first time at home for Mizzou’s March 17th pro day, Condon said.
Many critics, Joel Thorman of SBNation Kansas City among them, believe that Gabbert’s participation in the throwing exercises at the combine could lower his draft stock because of the presence of former Auburn QB Cam Newton.
Gabbert will still have an opportunity to show off his athleticism at that time, an underrated facet of the quarterback’s abilities often overshadowed by his arm. On the surface, Gabbert’s decision to run but not throw on the same field as Newton seems counterintuitive; Newton ran for 1,473 yards and threw for 2,854 in his senior season at Auburn. The Heismann winner may or may not be able to out-duel Gabbert with his arm, but will likely out-shine the quarterback with his legs.
The former Tiger’s agency seems to be driving the decision.
“We haven’t had any of our guys throw (at the Combine),” Condon said.
Blaine Gabbert chose the Missouri-based CAA Football group to represent him on January 5, one day after announcing his decision to forgo his senior year at Mizzou,
The group led by Condon, Jim Steiner and Ben Dogra boasts representation of seven of the last eight overall No. 1 picks in the draft. Gabbert joins the likes of fellow former Big 12 and current Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, and Mizzou product Jeremy Maclin, the 19th overrall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009. Gabbert has been valued as high as a top 10 pick, while others project Gabbert could fall as far as the second round.