by Greg Gabriel, Buffalo Sports Page NFL Expert

This week, leading up to Thursday’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.

Sam Darnold – QB – USC

Size –6′ 3″ – 221 lbs– 4.85 40 yard dash (verified)

Strong Points –Good size to go along with good athleticism for the position. Has the feet and agility to extend plays and a better than average runner. Flashes the ability to take over a game. Has a strong arm and shows at times shows pinpoint accuracy. Seems to have good leadership skills.

Weak Points –Did not play as well in 2017 as he did in 2016. Very inconsistent from game to game. Turns the ball over too often (interceptions and fumbles). Are the fumbles the result of having small hands? Inconsistent with his reads and decision making. Has a slight side arm delivery and a long throwing motion

Summation –A third year sophomore with two years of college eligibility left. Has started the last two seasons. Should have stayed in school. There is no question he has talent and can develop into a solid NFL quarterback but is he ready for the rigors of the NFL now? Had a very inconsistent 2017 season where he would look outstanding one game and very average the next. Because so many NFL clubs have a need at quarterback he will go high but that does not mean he’ll have success at the next level. Needs to get with the right team and be able to work with top coaches to fix his release problems and help him develop. If that doesn’t happen he could bust. Really a hit or miss type of player and if he doesn’t hit it will cost people their jobs.

Tuesday: Josh Allen

Wednesday: Baker Mayfield

Thursday: Josh Rosen

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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