Nov 1, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Ricky Stanzi (12) stays loose on the sideline during the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Blaine Gabbert Better Than Geno Smith, Matt Barkley? Jaguars QB Coach Thinks So

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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.

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  • unclejesse40

    I want Nick Foles in KC!

  • Ron White

    He is his QB coach….what is he supposed to say? Time will tell but I think Geno will transition to the NFL much faster with much better results.

  • Jon Brown

    Stanzi Manzi!!!!! But for real, take the QB you feel confident in. If its Geno, its Geno. If its anyone else snatch it. Have to have a qb to win in this league.

  • toperspective

    Maybe he’s sandbagging because he’d like Geno at #2.

  • ArrowFan

    If we pass on Geno what does it say when Jacksonville picks him?

  • Brody Hall

    As a die hard Tigers fan… what is this dude smoking? Gabbert does fine… until the D gets a solid hit on him then he plays scared the rest of the game just liek Brodie Coryel did lol. Geno is waaaayyyyy better if you ask me

  • Don Pena

    HA what a crock. I agree with some other people on here, the guys Gabberts QB coach whats he suppose to say, “yeah Blaine sucks and we made a mistake so we are going after Geno”.Yeah right. They made a choice and they have to stick with it. But lets look at facts. Gabberts final year in college, 3186 yds, 16 Td’s, 9 Ints,.
    Geno: 4205 yds, 42 Tds to 6 Ints. Thats just a year not whole college career. Ok Gabbert didnt compete his Sr. year but Geno’s JR yr still blows him out of the water and is very similar to his own Sr numbers. Gabberts rating in college 127.0 Geno 153.5, Should i go on ah why not. Gabberts nfl QBR 47.7 with his ” two years of experience already under his belt” Geno highest QBR 271.2. Now ill take into account its college so lets split that number by 50% its still well above avg at 135.6. Its not even a comparison. Gabberts is a back-up and Geno is a true starter and if he wouldve left college last yr he would be among the young guns that are being talked about in the NFL with Luck, Rg3, Wilson, KAp, Tannihill. Thats his classmen not players like Gabbert. Suck it Jags Kc is taking him #1 an ur supposed non-interest and other Gm’s feeling the same is just a smoke screen.

  • Danny W

    Pretty Ricky, is that guys nickname. I hope we pick Geno Smith and he makes Gabbert look like Brodie Croyle.

  • Jonathan Aldridge

    gabbert needs an offensive line