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While no one doubts Gabbert will come off the board in round one, it's very possible he will be the first quarterback selected - over Cam Newton - and there's an outside shot he will go No. 1 overall. What separates Gabbert from Newton is he's more of a prototypical quarterback with top-notch mechanics, while the Heisman Trophy winner has the edge in sheer athleticism and maybe raw ability. Though he skipped his senior season and probably isn't ready to start in the NFL, Gabbert has most of the tools to make that happen in the near future with impressive arm strength, mobility, size, football smarts and leadership qualities. His quick release and good footwork make him that much more attractive to scouts, as does his agility - he ran a 4.62 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, only .03 behind Newton for third place among quarterbacks. Gabbert had 11 games where he ran for more than 25 yards - four of 50-plus - but it's his arm that is truly impressive. He finished fourth in Missouri history with 6,822 passing yards despite starting for just two seasons, capped by a 434-yard effort in an Insight Bowl loss to Iowa. A first-team academic all-Big 12 pick in 2009, Gabbert must learn the pro game a bit better, having sometimes lacked pocket presence at Missouri while mostly working out of the shotgun in a spread offense. He can occasionally make risky throws, but his accuracy on short and deep balls - as well as his velocity - often makes up for it.