by Greg Gabriel, Buffalo Sports Page NFL Expert

This week, leading up to tonight’s NFL Draft, veteran NFL scout Greg Gabriel will break down the top four quarterbacks in the first round.  The Buffalo Bills are likely in the market for a signal caller, and may wind up with one of these top prospects.

Josh Rosen – QB – UCLA

Size –6′ 4″ – 226 lbs – 4.92 40 yard dash (verified)

Strong Points –Three year starter when healthy. Has very good mechanics and release. The ball comes out of his hand nicely and he throws a consistent tight ball. Can make all the required NFL throws with accuracy and good ball placement. Reads the field well and can go through a progression as well as any QB in this class. Good but not great arm strength.

Weak Points –Has never been the big winner he was supposed to be when he was recruited. Has an entitlement type personality, is very smart and will be the first one to let you know that he is. Can be difficult to coach. Not the leader you want the QB to be. Outspoken and not as well liked and respected as a top QB should be. Has games where he looks very average. His tight ball, quick release and mechanics make his arm look stronger than it really is. Has had a number on injuries and missed games. Lacks a strong build, needs to add bulk and strength.

Summation –A third year junior and three year starter at UCLA. There is no question that this player has the natural talent to become a very good NFL quarterback but I doubt he ever will. Was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school and the talk was he would be the best quarterback ever. Has never lived up to expectations. Has very good mechanics and throws a nice ball, has a good but not great arm. Flashes exceptional accuracy but can have games where he is way off. In the NFL, the intangibles separate the good quarterbacks from the average ones. Rosen lacks the intangibles to be a consistent winner at the next level. Needs to really mature and except coaching if he wants to succeed. Will go very high because of what he can be, not what he is. It will be very interesting to see how it turns out. A hit or miss type prospect.

Monday: Sam Darnold

Tuesday: Josh Allen

Wednesday: Baker Mayfield

Greg Gabriel’s Mock Draft

Greg Gabriel

Gabriel has spent most of his adult life as an evaluator for various NFL clubs. He started his career in 1991 working for the Buffalo Bills as a part time scout under dormer Bills Director of Player Personnel Norm Pollom. He left the Bills in June 1984 to become the Great Lakes area scout for National Football Scouting. Following the 1984 season, Gabriel joined the New York Giants as their Midwest area scout and was promoted to Director of Player Development in 1996. The Giants went to three Super Bowls and won two during Gabriel’s time with the club.

Following the Giants appearance versus the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV, Greg became Director of College Scouting for the Chicago Bears under General Manager Jerry Angelo. He held that position until June of 2010. During his time with Chicago, the Bears won three Division titles and the 2006 NFC Championship. In his nine Drafts with the Bears, the team drafted 12 future Pro Bowl performers such perennial Pro Bowler Matt Forte, Tommie Harris, Devin Hester, Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman.

In the 2012 – 2013 season, Gabriel was a consultant for the Philadelphia Eagles Scouting Department and has since done some small scouting roles for various NFL clubs.

Since leaving the NFL Gabriel has been a contributor for the National Football Post, the Bleacher Report and more recently Pro Football Weekly. He also is both a writer and contributor for WSCR (670the Score) in Chicago. The last three years he has authored the Pro Football Weekly Draft Guide.
Gabriel grew up in Amherst and is a 1974 graduate of Canisius College where he was a member of the football team. He and his wife Robin currently resides in the Chicago area.

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