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Blaine Gabbert completes 44-of-49 passes at Pro Day

Insight Bowl - Missouri v Iowa

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 28: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Missouri Tigers celebrates after scoring a 7 yard rushing touchdown against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the third quarter of the Insight Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28, 2010 in Tempe, Arizona. The Hawkeyes defeated the Tigers 27-24. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Dave Matter of the Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the unofficial completion count from Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s Thursday Pro Day was 44-for-49.

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton’s total was 50-of-60, while TCU’s Andy Dalton went 49-for-52 earlier this week.

Unlike Newton’s, Gabbert’s Pro Day was not fully televised. So until NFL Network’s Mike Mayock speaks later today, we have to rely on beat writers like Matter for observations. Matter covers the Missouri Tiger football team for the Daily Tribune.

Matter attributed “at least three” of Gabbert’s misses to drops on catchable balls. Drops were not unexpected, as Gabbert was throwing to small-school receivers because former Missouri players were ineligible due to the NFL’s lockout.

ESPN did televise the first 18-20 throws of Gabbert’s routine. To the untrained eye, Gabbert’s ball appears to fly smoothly and powerfully off his hand. He spins a tight spiral, demonstrated impressive touch on downfield throws, and was able to power the ball to any spot on the field he wanted. We don’t question Gabbert’s arm strength.

At least seven high-ranking NFL types were confirmed to be on hand: Rex Ryan, John Harbaugh, Marvin Lewis, John Elway, Dirk Koetter, Jim Harbaugh, and Jack Del Rio.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera and G.M. Marty Hurney were not seen.

We’ll have another review of the Missouri Pro Day when Mayock speaks on NFL Network’s Path to the Draft at 6 p.m. eastern.