Thursday draft links

Today is Blaine Gabbert’s pro-day. Mel Kiper and Todd McShay discuss what Gabbert has to prove today (see video above).Gregg Rosenthal at ProFootball Talk believes the Panthers prefer Cam Newton over Gabbert with the #1 overall pick.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has the wonderlic scores for this year’s QB class. Blaine Gabbert (42) and Christian Ponder (35) scored highly. Ryan Mallett (26) and Cam Newton (21) will both improve their stock based on their scores, but Jake Locker’s 20 was probably lower than expected.

Mortensen also points out that Peyton Manning and Drew Brees both scored a 28.

Mike Sando uses the 26-27-60 rule to compare the quarterbacks now that the wonderlic scores are common knowledge. The formula is explained here.

Mike Mayock has a positive report from Christian Ponder’s pro-day.

If you want a definitive scouting report on Ponder you can’t beat Kyle Rota.

Rob Rang has news from the Illinois pro-day. Corey Liuget may be solidifying a place in the top-15 picks, but it wasn’t such good news for speedy linebacker Martez Wilson.

Don Banks at Sports Illustrated has the Seahawks taking Ryan Mallett in his latest mock draft.

Brandon Adams at 17 Power looks at the recent increase in mock drafts projecting Mallett to the Seahawks at #25.

Dan Kelly at ‘the Seahock blog’ has the second part of his look at potential defensive tackle prospects for Seattle.

Michael Lombardi discusses how teams may approach the draft during the lockout. He also speaks very highly about Ryan Mallett’s on field character, but admits homework will be crucial.

Steve Wyche and Charles Davis argue draft ‘fact or fiction’ on a number of topics – including the pro-potential of Cam Newton and Ryan Mallett.

Bucky Brooks thinks the Seahawks would consider Miss. State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod at #25.

Meet Florida guard Mike Pouncey.

James Carpenter is a player who stood out in 2010 on a talented Alabama team. He’s a player I’d personally consider drafting as high as the late second round.

The Seahawks spoke to Lehigh offensive tackle Will Rackley at the combine – here’s his work out.

Don’t forget to check the latest Seahawks Draft Blog mock draft, which you can discuss here.


  1. Matt

    That 26-27-60 Theory is fun to read about, but I have to say it’s very old fashioned and doesn’t account for how today’s college game works. Major factors missing are quality of oppenents, quality of surrounding team, offensive scheme, weather, true intangibles (ie watching a QB in the clutch, on field intelligence), etc.

    If your team is better than every other team on your schedule, your life is easier as a QB. Play with leads, better talent, more positive media influence on “your success.” If your offensive system allows for easy completions that generate YAC, your numbers will look pretty and subsequently (yet again) create a positive media influence. If you play in a warm weather conference, you never have to deal with adverse conditions that truly affect your play especially passing game. Lastly, how many times have these “supposed winners,” truly led a last minute drive to win a game? Consistently beating inferior opponents doesn’t constitute a “winner,” it simply means you play on a better team.

    Winning at Florida, USC, Oklahoma, Boise State, TCU, Ohio State, etc shouldn’t be hard when your team has more talent and depth at every position compared to your competition. There is no draft in college meaning the difference in talent is significantly different. We are not talking about an even playing field here.

    Let’s put it this way, would Greg McElroy, Andy Dalton make Washington State University a winner? Maybe these “experts” should re-evaluate the term “winner”?

    In hindsight, isn’t it silly to say that Matt Leinart was the reason SC won? How about Ken Dorsey? Jason White? The list literally goes on forever of college QBs who simply played on a great teams that were labeled “winners.”

  2. Ben

    Rob I found this film of Brandon Burton vs. Boise State…
    I didn’t find it very flattering for him. Not at all. On surface value I thought he looked much better against Pitt. I know you like Burton and I was wondering what you thought about this game. I know that he might have just had an off day but I already haven’t seen very much of him so I don’t want to dismiss it out-of-hand when formulating an opinion of him. Were there qualities that just didn’t show through very well that day?

    • Rob

      Thanks for the link Ben, I’ll check it out.

  3. Rob

    Hi Rob,

    You and I have something in common besides our first name. We both really like James Carpenter! To me it looks like he could play both RT or RG. Where do you like him on the line and which position do you think he will excel at? Also do you think he could serve as a possible backup (hopefully not) on the blind side? Love your website. Thanks.

    • Rob

      Thanks for the kind words Rob, it’s really appreciated.

      Agreed on Carpenter. He stuck out to me at LT for Alabama in 2010. I wasn’t focusing on him in particular, but during the South Carolina game he caught the eye. Honestly, I wouldn’t rule him out as a potential LT. He’s certainly not incapable of fitting in there if needed and that’s where his value comes. He could be a starter at RT quite quickly, possibly even as a rookie. He’s got a lot of potential.

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