Chad Henne May Beat Out Blaine Gabbert By September
Training Camp Battle: Blaine Gabbert vs. Chad Henne
5/17/12 in NFL
I'm also not a fan of these quarterbacks who shoot up draft boards during the combine and pro days. You might strike gold with a wide receiver or running back who's a freak athlete, but quarterbacks can't be drafted because they're athletic and "good kids." So much more goes into playing the position. Gabbert didn't even put together that great of a college resume. He actually was significantly worse in his junior year than his sophomore year (400 less yards, 1.4 less yards per attempt, 8 less touchdowns). His stock shot up when he showed up to the combine with no pads or no pass rush and precisely hit wide open receivers. My suggestion to teams is to put a tad bit more stock into what the guy does when he's actually on the field in college, wearing a helmet and shoulder pads and is facing a pass rush. Guys like Gabbert are the reason that I don't agree with Miami's Ryan Tannehill pick. Had just a pretty good season and disappeared in big games: 8th overall pick? I don't think so.
Now Chad Henne is no stud either. However, he isn't completely terrible. He can get the ball out to give his receivers an opportunity to make plays, and he won't be asked to do too much due to the Jaguars having last season's leading rusher, Maurice Jones-Drew. No chance Henne is the long term answer, but Blaine Gabbert is a lost cause. If the Jaguars want to give themselves the best chance of winning football games, they need to put Henne behind center. However, it may not happen until the new coaching staff sees Gabbert pee his pants while facing a full speed pass rush.