Jacksonville Jaguars QB coach Frank Scelfo told Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union that if Gabbert ere coming out of college now and was part of the 2013 NFL Draft class, that he’d be the #1 QB on the board.
“If you graded him out right now, this is his draft class. If he were coming out and the quarterback draft class the way it is, would he be the top guy taken? I think the answer is yes,” Scelfo said. “Ask the scouting departments and the general managers around the league and I think you would end up with a yes on that. Basically at his age, 23, the number-one pick in the draft with two years of experience already under his belt. That’s pretty good.”
Had Gabbert not left college early, he would be part of this year’s draft class.
This might be a little disappointing to hear for Chiefs fans, especially those advocating for the team to take a QB with the #1 overall pick, because, frankly, Gabbert sucks.
In 25 career games, Gabbert has a 53.8 completion percentage, averages 5.61 yards per completion and has 21 TDs vs. 17 interceptions. He has also fumbled nine times.
Now, just because Gabbert sucks now doesn’t mean he will continue to suck. He showed modest improvement in 2012, though it would have been hard not to show improvement after his atrocious 2011 season.
But the point here isn’t whether or not Gabbert will develop in the NFL, it is that if Mr. Scelfo (and other GMs around the league, according to Scelfo) would say that Gabbert would be the best QB in this draft and Gabbert isn’t very good, what does that say about the likes of Geno Smith and Matt Barkley?
Ah well. The great thing about opinions is that everyone’s got one and when it comes to the NFL draft, often people’s opinion’s are wrong.
I will say this for Gabbert; at least he got a damn haircut. That is more than I can say for Ricky “Jesus” Stanzi.