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Is it possible Roger Goddell could be calling Blaine Gabbert's name first on draft day?

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck announced he will return to college for his junior season on Thursday, ending speculation he would enter the NFL Draft.

"I am committed to earning my degree in architectural design from Stanford University and am on track to accomplish this at the completion of the spring quarter of 2012," Luck said in a statement.

As a Mizzou fan, why should you care?  This means Blaine Gabbert could potentially be the number one pick in April's draft.  Nearly every draft "expert," rated Luck as the best quarterback in this year's draft class.  Many of those experts, most notably ESPN's Todd McShay, had our boy Blaine ranked second.  In a draft loaded with teams needing quarterbacks, Gabbert's draft stock just rose like Ted Williams' job prospects.

We all know Gabbert is a good quarterback.  Most Mizzou fans agreed he was making a good decision when he declared for the draft.  However, I don't think any of us imagined he could be the number one overall pick.  Carolina holds the number one pick and just drafted Jimmy Clausen last year.  After going 1-11 as a starter, completing just more than half of his passes, throwing nine interceptions and just three touchdowns there is plenty of speculation that Carolina may once again choose a quarterback.  And that quarterback may very well be Blaine Gabbert.

Missouri's had three first round picks in the past two drafts.  This is great exposure for the Mizzou football program.  However, none of those picks have come before pick no. 19.  The exposure and credibility that producing the draft's number one pick could bring the Mizzou football program is priceless.

Gabbert and the Missouri staff worked hard to put Blaine in the position he's in now.  And soon, it could pay off (literally for Blaine) and figuratively for both parties.  Gabbert could soon be the number one overall pick and Missouri would certainly reap some benefits.  Now all Gabbert has to do is prove he's worthy of such a high selection.  Of course, that's easier said than done.

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