Jaguars fans finally have some true competition for David Garrard, just like they wanted.
Jacksonville traded up six spots from 16 to 10 with Washington, giving the Redskins a second round pick for the right to move up and draft Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert.
“I had no preconceived notions about where I would get drafted,” Gabbert told NFL Network’s Deion Sanders.
It’s pretty remarkable that quarterback-hungry teams like Buffalo, Arizona, San Francisco, Tennessee, and Washington all decided to pass on Gabbert. It lends credence to the notion that Gabbert was a bit of a draftnik creation, a guy who “looked” like a top-five pick but didn’t quite excite teams enough.
He’ll excite the Jaguars fanbase plenty. Mobile with a strong arm, Gabbert will have a steep learning curve in the NFL coming from a spread offense. That won’t make Garrard’s leash any longer as the Jaguars starter.
Gabbert is a two game losing streak away from being the most popular man in town.