Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mizzou's Gabbert, Smith cram for NFL exams

BY VAHE GREGORIAN

PHOENIX  •  In a span of days, Parkway West graduate Blaine Gabbert went from Mizzou junior quarterback to a probable first-round prospect for the 2011 NFL draft to potentially becoming the No. 1 quarterback taken after Stanford's Andrew Luck decided to stay in school.

"We believe that he has a chance to fight to be the No. 1 quarterback taken in the 2011 draft," said Ben Dogra, one of Gabbert's representatives at Clayton-based CAA Football. "And if history repeats itself, if you're the first quarterback taken, you have a legitimate chance to be a top 10 pick."

The dynamics at play will be fluid, even volatile, through the April 28-30 draft. Every player has a draft range, Dogra said, by way of example suggesting a top 15 scenario for a player may mean he goes anywhere from fifth to 20th depending on numerous variables.

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