17. Blaine Gabbert (2011)
Today, we see Blaine Gabbert as the guy whom General Managers see in their nightmares when picking quarterbacks who played in spread offenses in college. But back in 2011, when they weren’t as wary, Gabbert was seen as a 6’4, 234lb quarterback who hand the brain to make fast decisions, the arm to fit the ball into tight windows, and the legs to create positive yardage in adverse situations. Scouting reports described Gabbert as having tools that were “too alluring for a team without a quarterback.”
While Gabbert’s bad habits — like relying on his arm too much, and not really being able to connect on the deep ball — clearly manifested at the NFL level, his rocky transition from the spread offense at the University of Missouri to the NFL was really what stunted his career progression.