Thursday, January 20, 2011

ESPN Draft Analysts Pick Gabbert and Smith to go in First Round Insider Draft Analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have Blaine Gabbert as the first QB to go in a mock 2011 NFL Draft. Kiper Jr. has Gabbert going 5th overall, while McShay has Gabbert going 3rd overall.

Here are Kiper Jr.'s explanations on why both Gabbert and Aldon Smith will go in the first round:

 Buffalo Bills

Record: 4-12


Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

The Bills are in need of a franchise quarterback, and with Luck not on the board, Gabbert is the best available signal-caller. He has the physical tools and football smarts to become a very good NFL QB once he makes the full transition to a pro-style offense.

 Kansas City

Record: 10-6

Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri

Kansas City needs a pass-rusher opposite Tamba Hali and Smith is one of the more underrated players in this draft. He's a little undersized for a 4-3 end but is a perfect fit at outside linebacker in the Chiefs' 3-4 defense.

Be sure to click on the video playlist to see both McShay and Kiper Jr. talk about Gabbert going as the first QB in the 2011 NFL Draft.