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2011 NFL Draft: Thoughts from Mike Mayock

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TEMPE AZ - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Missouri Tigers flips the ball during the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28 2010 in Tempe Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
TEMPE AZ - DECEMBER 28: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Missouri Tigers flips the ball during the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28 2010 in Tempe Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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I was surfing the internet tonight looking for anything interesting, and I came across a post over at Mocking the Draft that I thought was interesting.  NFL.com draft analyst Mike Mayock had a conference call with the media earlier this week and had thoughts on a few players.  I copied some of the notes from that post after the jump, but the thing that really stuck out to me is that he really, really likes Blaine Gabbert.  He compared him to Matt Ryan and Sam Bradford.  That is pretty interesting in light of the post I highlighted earlier this week from Wes Bunting saying he couldn't find a scout willing to give Gabbert a first round grade.  It is varying opinions on one player like this that make this season so much fun.

Cam Newton: Cam Newton is an unbelievable athlete. You have to have the football IQ to make it work.

Ryan Mallett: I'd be very concerned about taking him in the first round.

Blaine Gabbert: He reminds me of a Bradford, he reminds me of a Matt Ryan.

Jake Locker: That's a really talented kid who has first round potential. He's struggled in the pocket. People are writing him off. I'm not.

Colin Kaepernick: Has a huge arm, is a great athlete, and has a huge frame...He's going to rise a bit. Probably a second round-type guy. There’s just so much work that has to be done with that young man.

Tyrod Taylor: The perception is that he can only be a scrambling quarterback. I think that’s a bit unfair to the kid.