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Jack Del Rio: No idea we were drafting Blaine Gabbert

Eight years following the Jaguars moved up six spots in the 2011 NFL Draft to select Blaine Gabbert, former coach Jack Del Rio shed some light about the fateful draft night trade — a trade which has been a shocker, even to him.
“I’d no idea we were going to draft Blaine Gabbert. Whatever,” Del Rio said Tuesday, through ESPN Jacksonville 690. “In fact, I left to go get something to eat because our pick wasn’t for more at the draft. I’m sitting there filling my plate thinking,’Oh great, we’ve got a couple more hours till we select.’ Afterward, I look up and see’The Jaguars are around the clock.’ I’m like’What the sterile is going on?'”
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You read that correctly. Former Jaguars general manager Gene Smith made the movement without giving his head trainer some indication.
Had the movement for Gabbert functioned, this could have been a funnier story. However, the Missouri product lasted only three seasons in Jacksonville, throwing 22 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in 28 games.
Del Rio claimed he saw these battles coming for Gabbert.
“My son and I had ranked all the quarterbacks and we liked Blaine,” Del Rio said. “We liked himbut he was at the Nick Foles range (2012 third-round select ) — like third or fourth round. He was not a first rounder, he wasn’t a guy to trade and go up for him. So that was not part of training, that wasn’t part of me. That was my first indication that my time that there was running short.”
Del Rio was fired after that 2011 season and Smith had been gone later. Gabbert stays the only one of the trio still from the NFL, as he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at March after starting three matches for the Titans last season.
Later in the meeting, Del Rio hinted that he could compose a tell-all book about his time in Jacksonville. Therefore, if you’re clamoring for more stories like this, then you could be in luck.

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