According to ESPN's Mel Kiper, Mizzou QB Blaine Gabbert's draft stock has begun "slipping" heading into the Scouting Combine.
According to Kiper, Gabbert's fall has occurred after NFL teams did "more film work" on the underclassman's junior year. It's true that Gabbert did not dominate his competition in 2010, throwing for 16 touchdowns compared to nine picks and averaging an unimpressive 6.71 yards per attempt. Gabbert was much better as a sophomore. The Combine starts on February 24.
Did these NFL teams simply not watch college football until now?
I wouldn't be surprised if he falls to the late 1st round.
Pete Carroll may take a chance on him however. He may count on Hasselback for another year o two and get Gabbo ready for the future.
I still don't think he makes it past the Titans. They need a QB.
One thing people have to keep in mind is that NFL Scouts haven't seen Gabbert until now. His rise up draft boards has been 100% due to draftniks, which of course doesn't amount to much considering 90% of them have no clue when it comes to real evaluations - scouts inc. included
NFL teams probably don't lift a finger to do anything draft related until their season's over, and even then it's a very slow process.
Give it a few weeks, the same thing will happen with Da'Quan Bowers.