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Mocking the Draft...A Look Back at the 2011 Expert Predictions

A few laughable quotes about our record breaking rookie Cam Newton from the "Talking Heads" last year...

The Bleacher Report: by Eli Nachmany (2/21/11)

There is just no reason to draft a quarterback with the third pick unless the guy is a surefire franchise signal-caller.

Newton is the exact opposite. There are a ton of questions surrounding him, including how his lack of throwing accuracy would be exacerbated by the howling winds in Buffalo.

Don't forget, either, that many scouts and coaches have their doubts about Newton's makeup and character. The Bills can't afford to set their franchise back by five years with a botched quarterback pick.

The Auburn product just doesn't make sense at No.3 .

Don't quit your day job Eli!

SI.com: by Andrew Perloff (2/25/11)

Five reasons Gabbert will be drafted higher than Newton

1. Gabbert is the only quarterback not throwing at the combine

2. Newton has not come off as a dedicated football player

3. The Newton interview conondrum

4. Teams don't care about a quarterback's running ability

5. College success is overrated

Make that 'Five non-reasons'...

The New York Times: by Matt Wildman (4/25/11)

NFL Draft: Cam Newton, Third Ranked Quarterback

Third ranked behind who I wonder...anyone saying Dalton would have a better season than Newton may not have been right technically but they came closer than any other prediction.

Sporting News: by Russ Lande (?)

NFL Draft Ananlysis: Quarterbacks

The Rankings:

1. Blaine Gabbert

2. Cam Newton

A lot of us missed on Gabbert though we don't get paid to be right...

College Football News on Scout.com: by staff (4/28/11)

The problem is 1) the entire act comes across as phony; 2) he only did it for one year and will need to take his lumps for a few seasons; and 3) he isn’t exactly the most trustworthy of characters. Can he handle it when he stinks it up as a rookie and gets lustily booed? Can he handle failure after failure? No college quarterback has ever had to undergo the scrutiny he went through, yet he always compartmentalized well and came up with great performance after great performance. However, now he’s outside of the bunker-down, kiss-butt Auburn bubble. While he needs tons of work on his mechanics, and there’s a big Buyer Beware sign around his neck, but if someone is willing to be very, very patient, and if he’s coddled, the upside is limitless.

Ahh, the 'phony' label. I'm comfortable saying that was total bunk, Newton is a genuine as they come.

Pro Football Weekly: by Nolan Nawrocki (3/29/11)

Very disingenuous — has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup. Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them. Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law — does not command respect from teammates and always will struggle to win a locker room. Only a one-year producer. Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example. Immature and has had issues with authority. Not dependable.
An overhyped, high-risk, high-reward selection with a glaring bust factor, Newton is sure to be drafted more highly than he should and could foreclose a risk-taking GM's job and taint a locker room.

NFL projection: Top-15 pick.

Unfortunately for Nolan this IS his day job...

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