Biography: Two-year starter awarded all-Conference honors after his sophomore season. Totals last year included 63.4%/3186/16/9 after 58.9%/3593/24/9 as a sophomore.
Positives: "Athletic passer who's made progress the past two seasons and offers a good amount of upside. Patient in the pocket, buys time for receivers, and remains poised under pressure. Does not force the ball into covered receivers, takes the safe underneath outlet, and displays the arm strength to make all the throws. Makes proper decisions, will get rid the ball rather than making errant passes, and reacts well under pressure. Possesses a quick release and fires the ball through the tight spots. Places the ball in front of receivers and lets them run to it. Displays good timing on outs. Puts touch on throws when necessary. Strong enough to withstand the rush and get the pass off with defenders draped on him. Throws with an over-the-top delivery. Recognizes defenses and finds the open seams in zone coverage."
Negatives: "Must be more consistent with his throwing technique. Releases the ball off his back foot, which results in passes being high of the mark. Very inconsistent with his footwork throwing the ball. Tends to stare down the primary target on occasion. Can pick up yardage with his legs but is not great escaping pressure. Occasionally relies on his arm to make plays, which results in dangerous throws. Takes most of his snaps from the shotgun."
Analysis: Gabbert has grown as a quarterback and showed terrific improvement the past two years. He's a leader on the field and possesses all the skills to be a starter in the NFL. Gabbert must improve the consistency of his fundamentals rather than relying on his arm strength alone to make plays if he ever going to be a productive starter at the next level.
Peter Read Miller/SI
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