The file on Blaine Gabbert
High school star
Blaine Gabbert became a highly touted prospect at Parkway West High School in Baldwin, Mo. Gabbert was ranked as the No. 1 quarterback and No. 14 player overall in the Class of 2008 by Rivals.com, despite only playing four games his senior year due to injury. Even with limited numbers his senior season, he was still invited to the US Army All-American Game and participated in it as well.
Gabbert received scholarship offers from a plethora of the top colleges in the nation, but decided to stay home and committed to Missouri on Nov. 10, 2007. In his freshman year at Missouri, coaches decided to not use a red-shirt on Gabbert and instead placed him as the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart behind Chase Daniel and Chase Patton. However, he did still see limited action in five games. Named the starting quarterback as a sophomore, Gabbert showed what made him such a sought after player in high school. In 13 games played, Gabbert threw for 3,593 yards with 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also rushed for 204 yards and three more scores.
Gabbert's storied career as a Tiger came to an end on a high note in his junior year. Though his numbers weren't as great as his sophomore season, one win will last forever. On Oct. 24, 2010, Gabbert completed 30 of 42 passes for 308 yards and one touchdown to lead No. 11 Missouri past No. 1 Oklahoma, 36-27. The victory ended a seven-game losing streak for the Tigers vs. the Sooners. Gabbert gained 3,186 yards in the air and 232 on the ground his junior year while totaling 21 touchdowns.
NFL Draft Combine
In three years at Missouri, Gabbert threw for 6,822 yards (568 of 933, 60.9 comp. percentage) and aired out 40 touchdowns with 18 interceptions. He also rushed for 458 yards and eight more touchdowns, bringing his scoring total to 48. Those numbers had him watched closely at the 2011 NFL Draft Combine. He didn't disappoint, running a 4.62 in the 40-yard dash while jumping 33.5 inches for his vertical leap.
With the tenth pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select quarterback Blaine Gabbert out of Missouri. NFL scouts loved Gabbert's tools and athleticism, making him the No. 10 pick in the draft. He was the third quarterback taken, behind Cam Newton and Jake Locker. The 49ers drafted Colin Kaepernick in the second round, 26 picks later.
Jaguars career ends short
With huge expectations, Gabbert was thrown into the fire, starting 14 games for the Jaguars as a rookie. His time in Jacksonville did not live up to the hype after just three years. On March 11, 2014, the Jags traded Gabbert to the 49ers for San Francisco's 2014 sixth round pick. During his three years in Jacksonville, Gabbert only won five games and threw 24 interceptions to 22 touchdowns.
After being traded to the 49ers, Gabbert came in to backup Colin Kaepernick. He only made one regular season appearance in 2014, going 3 of 7 for 38 yards and one touchdown. It looked like he would assume the same role in 2015 until everything changed in Week 9.
Blaine Gabbert made his first start for the 49ers in Week 9 of the 2015 season. He led the 49ers to a 17-16 win vs. the Falcons, improving the 49ers record to 3-6 after the team was just 2-6 with Kaepernick under center. On the day, Gabbert completed 15 of 25 passes for 185 yards, and added two touchdowns and two interceptions.