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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Blaine Gabbert Part Of Overall Quarterback Slide?

With the release of another SB Nation Mock Draft, the trend is clear: the quarterback position is in danger of sliding heavily. Every quarterback eligible for this year’s draft, including frontrunner Blaine Gabbert and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, has several question marks — depending on the source.

Teams choosing this high in the draft are looking for a sure thing to make a splash. If the quarterback is iffy, you might as well play it safe and grab the impact corner or defensive end. For example, in their latest mock, the Vikings end up choosing the first signal caller:

It’s not overly likely that the Vikings will have their pick of the litter at quarterback, but this scenario brings forth an interesting debate: Gabbert or Cam Newton? We’ll go with Gabbert for now, as he’s got fewer question marks (but perhaps less upside).

Perhaps it’s not a likely scenario, but it shows how important the upcoming Pro Days and Scouting Combine will be for these players.