A bunch of NFL head coaches and one general manager named Elway reportedly watched Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert work out on his pro day today in Columbia, Mo.
Gabbert, a likely first-round draft pick whose name has been mentioned in the same breath as “Washington Redskins,,” had been expected to throw about 50 passes to wide receivers with whom he was not terribly familiar. And one prime target, Anthony Stewart of Central Mississippi State, hurt his hamstring early in the workout. "I had a lot of throws going to him," Gabbert’s quarterback coach, Terry Shea, said via Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly. Gabbert unofficially completed 44 of 49 passes; three of the incompletions reportedly were drops.
Among the attendees cited by SI’s Don Banks: Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway and Coach John Fox; New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan; Minnesota Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier; Tennessee Titans General Manager Mike Reinfeldt and Titans Coach Mike Munchak; Cincinnati Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis; Detroit Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew.; and San Francisco Coach Jim Harbaugh, who r ecruited Gabbert when he was coaching at Stanford and is looking for the 49ers’ quarterback of the future.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen tweets: Early word from handful of NFL scouts/coaches: Gabbert was very good. Arm strength: very good, not great. Did well from under center.
Banks tweets: Concensus [sic] of NFL scouts here on Gabbert: He looked like a franchise QB. Answered the issues about footwork, being under center and accuracy.
Gabbert, incidentally, scored a 42 out of 50 on the Wonderlic test given to players at the scouting combine in Indianapolis.