Jim Corbett of USA Today reports that Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert is expected to take a pass on all throwing drills at the NFL Scouting Combine later this week.
Gabbert’s competition to be the first signal caller drafted, Cam Newton of Auburn, will be making a game-time decision.
“Cam hasn’t decided yet,” said Newton’s quarterback trainer, George Whitfield. “He’s prepared to go in and do everything. I’m sure he’s getting information from everybody from Brett Favre to Warren Moon, a lot of guys who have reached out to him.
“It’s probably going to be a matter of how he feels when he gets there.”
Auburn’s Pro Day is scheduled for March 8, while Mizzou’s will take place on March 17.
As for other top quarterback prospects, PFT has confirmed that Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick will participate in full. Washington’s Jake Locker will join him. Christian Ponder of Florida State said in January that he doesn’t plan to throw.
Ryan Mallett of Arkansas presumably will throw, but he’s got bigger problems to worry about.
UPDATE: NFL Network reported Monday evening that Newton will participate fully at the Combine because he wants to be “transparent” throughout the pre-draft scouting process.