With the 10th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars traded up to select Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert. The Washington Redskins–who originally had the No. 10 pick–were one of many teams looking to trade down and were able to do so with a team that hopes Gabbert will develop into their quarterback of the future.
Gabbert was considered one of the top quarterbacks from this year’s class and some draft boards even had him as high as No. 4 to the Cincinnati Bengals. Considering all of the teams in the top 10 that were in need of a quarterback, it came as a surprise to see Gabbert slip to No. 10–but the Jaguars aren’t complaining about it. Gabbert should have a few years to develop behind David Garrard and could end up being one of the most talented quarterbacks from this year’s class in the long run–so it should be interesting to see if this ends up being a steal for the Jags.