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2011 NFL Draft Mailbag


NFL Draft Mailbag Notes: These are not actually e-mails. They are comments left on the comment board in my 2011 NFL Mock Draft. I've included some of these comments and my responses to them.

3/28/11

2011 NFL Draft E-mails - Cam Newton



  • From Chris E:

    How in the world can anyone compare Gabbert to Newton (who has the size and tools to change the QB position). Gabbert attempted 500 or so passes and threw 16 TDs. Meanwhile Cam made the SEC look like Pop Warner football, scoring at will and dominating while his family was being thrown under the bus EVERYDAY... Honestly, someone as athletic as him...how long will it take him to learn better footwork?? His arm and throwing motion are already there and he's a winner... If Alex Smith and Tim Couch are 1st overall pick worthy, how in the hell is Cam not??


    --> The problem with Newton is the mental stuff. Is he smart enough to ever learn how to make multiple reads and recognize the blitz? He didn't have to do that at Auburn because the Tigers ran a Looney Tunes offense that doesn't translate to the pros.



  • From Tad D:

    hey walter! i have a real quick question: IF (cannot put enough emphasis on the if) Cam Newton is available at 10, do you think the Redskins draft him or does he fall two more spots to the Vikings? Thanks!


    --> I don't see Newton fitting Shanahan's offense, so the Vikings would draft him. I can't see Newton falling out of the top three though.





  • From Howard P:

    Now I know why they call it "mock". $cam Newton first overall, to Carolina and their fascist owner? You're out of your goddamn mind. "He's a leader", "he has 'it'". He has 'it', alright, 'it' being $180,000 for playing at Auburn while the Nationally Corrupt Athletic Association scapegoated his old man and looked the other way. Newton is a cheat, a liar, a fraud and a crook. He'll wind up like Reggie Bush, in a few years Auburn will be on probation and $cam Newton will be giving back the Heisman Trophy he didn't deserve in the first place. Newton sucks, he's a tailback taking snaps. He can't throw, can't make reads and can't think. But boy, he's got a great smile and can bullshit the media even when he does tell the truth momentarily "I'm going to be a big entertainer, that's what I really want to do". Hope the a**hole can sing and dance, because he can't play quarterback in the NFL.

    Frankly, Jerry Richardson is such an obnoxious fascist, I'd like to see him get stuck with this creep, the 2011 Akili Smith. But I like the Panthers, so I hope that senile Ralph Wilson gets stuck with this bum. Did I mention you're out of your goddamn mind?


    --> Adam Schefter said the first pick will be a quarterback. All the Charlotte newspapers believe it'll be a quarterback. The Panthers need a franchise quarterback. Whether it's the right move or not, the pick will be a quarterback. And the Panthers may not like Blaine Gabbert.



  • From Xhevahir:

    This mock draft is hilarious. It's almost as if the author kept all of the text from previous mock drafts that explained why Cam Newton was the inevitable first overall pick and then just replaced his name with Gabbert's.


    --> I'll be here all week. When I mocked Cam Newton to Carolina, I wasn't mocking a certain player; I was predicting that the Panthers would draft a quarterback. That's why most of the text still applies.





  • From Brandon:

    Worst Bills draft yet. Worse than if Buffalo actually did it. They wont take Newton. Nix stress's character and doesnt gamble early. Peterson, or Miller there. This whole draft you add a starting TE? Maybe an ILB? man this is just bad.


    --> Might as well copy-paste a Rotoworld report from Thursday:

    Sources tell ESPN 101's Tony Softli that the Bills believe Cam Newton "is the franchise quarterback" the organization needs. The same sources feel Buffalo is a good fit because Ryan Fitzpatrick can be a placeholder while Newton "develops." The situation could be similar to Donovan McNabb's when he broke into the league, often coming off the bench behind Doug Pederson. We're just not sure Newton is going to make it past the Panthers at No. 1. The Bills would probably take him if he does.

    In your face, Brandon!



  • From Justin:

    Just seen that this site has Blaine Gabbert as a round 3-4 prospect in the 2012 rankings, and Cam Newton as a round 4-5 prospect. How have they shot so high?


    --> Those 2012 rankings were updated back in July, so Cam Newton hadn't even played at Auburn yet. Blaine Gabbert's rise has been the product of a weak quarterbacking class and a major need at the position from so many teams in the top 15.



    2011 NFL Draft Mailbag Archive:

    2011 NFL Draft Mailbag Home
    Post-Round 1 E-mail - April 29
    Hate Mail Volume 7 - April 10
    Crackhead Mail Volume 2 - April 10
    Random AFC Questions and Comments Volume 5 - April 10
    Random NFC Questions and Comments Volume 5 - April 10
    Hate Mail Volume 6 - April 3
    Crackhead Mail - April 3
    Trade and Prospect Speculation - April 3
    Hate Mail Volume 5 - March 28
    Cam Newton Mailbag - March 28
    Random AFC Questions and Comments Volume 4 - March 28
    Random NFC Questions and Comments Volume 4 - March 28
    Hate Mail Volume 4 - March 13
    Random AFC Questions and Comments Volume 3 - March 13
    Random NFC Questions and Comments Volume 3 - March 13
    Random Questions and Comments - March 7
    Hate Mail Volume 3 - March 7
    Combine Questions and Comments - March 7
    Combine Hate Mail - March 7
    Hate Mail Volume 2 - Feb. 22
    Random AFC Questions and Comments Volume 2 - Feb. 22
    Random NFC Questions and Comments Volume 2 - Feb. 22
    Quarterbacks - Feb. 15
    Hate Mail - Feb. 15
    Random AFC Questions and Comments - Feb. 15
    Random NFC Questions and Comments - Feb. 15

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    jack sprat 05-05-2011 04:35 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.194 (total posts: 2)
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    " I'm concerned about Fairley's work ethic and the fact that he's a one-year wonder. I'm not concerned he'll try hard all the time, so I'm not a fan of taking a guy like that and not filling a need. The Lions were fine at DT. "

    Walter, the Lions are already mixing in the 34 and standing Suh up on the odd down. Within two years, I expect them to follow the Steelers lead, playing the 2-4-5; then, maybe, the 4-1-6. That'll work much more effectively with NoFair there with him. Plus, who DO they block (in the 43)?

    Maybe he DOES fail; then again, maybe the Prince ISN'T the bee's knees in the Tampa-2, either. (It's hindsight, but illustrative, that they made the big move to go up and get Peterson, no? Their needs; their grades. They can miss, like anybody, but I'd rather they were shot for chicken thieves than poultry.)


    jack sprat 05-05-2011 04:18 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.194 (total posts: 2)
    35     29

    "From Baba Hanz: Your p3nis can do much more!"

    I worked with a guy who bought that hook, line, and sinker. Thirty-four years old, beautiful wife, three kids at that impressionable age.

    A year later, he's living (more or less) alone, chains through his nipples and belly button, rings in his ears, tongue, nugget, and chicken skin, and body-tight mesh shirt.

    Thank you, Baba, but mine already does quite enough. Move along, you freak.


    Johnny Blue 04-30-2011 06:20 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.78 (total posts: 2)
    33     36

    It's clear to me that Walter to a racist towards white people.
    JohnnyBlood 04-29-2011 11:18 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.181 (total posts: 1)
    38     37

    Clearly, Walt has a problem with white OLinemen. If Danny Watkins was Samoan, Chinese or black player, he would celebrating the 26-year old as a great story and praising Andy Reid for his gutsy pick.

    It cetainly isn't an "F" pick. If Reid gets 5 years out of the low-mileage Watkins it's a win. He's probably the top guard prospect.
    jklmnop 04-29-2011 10:00 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.222 (total posts: 1)
    40     33

    Who's Andre Peterson? And Jake Cutler?
    Ramones fan 04-29-2011 08:47 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.102 (total posts: 1)
    37     41

    Is it just me or is Gruden becoming more insufferable with each passing minute? Throw Scheffter in there as well.
    Stan in Tennessee 04-26-2011 10:29 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.188 (total posts: 1)
    33     33

    Being a Vol fan I don't really have a dog in this fight, but to find it hard to understand what issues Mallett has hanging over him. Reading what his Arkansas team-mates and coaches say about him makes him sound like the best team-mate possible. Coach Petrino is quoted as saying as much. Now Cam Newton is another issue I'm puzzled by. I see a theft, a cheat and a hooker who was pimped by the preacher dad. Now I need to hush before you remind me of out problems in Knoxville.
    Rick 04-23-2011 09:33 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.95 (total posts: 1)
    34     39

    Ryan Mallett has got to be the pick of the litter.
    There are a few teams that know this and are keeping very quiet. This guy is like no others of recent times that can do what he does with a football. Give him some protection, scramble a little and he possess the abilty to make any and all throws in the NFL+.

    Any team in need of a "to be future brilliant NFL quarterback" should make Ryan their first choice.

    I hope Miami takes him in the first round at 15th
    I see another Marino in the making.
    Ninersfan 04-22-2011 01:52 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.96 (total posts: 1)
    32     37

    I don't see us getting gabbert due to it reminds too much of Alex Smith. Both are very similar in style of play when coming out of the collegiate level. Difference Alex was more polish and had a better season and stats, while gabbert is bigger, w/a better arm. but both one read and throw, gabbert takes more chances with his throws from what i have seen to where he put his WRs in harms way more than he should. Next he don't show up on a consistent basis for big games only one this past season was OU. But was man-handled by Neb and OU was a better squad than Neb. It what skip bayless and ryan clark stated earlier this week about gabbert on espn fist take, there's nothing that amazing he do to be a top 10 pick, giving he never really did anything bad. But to be a top ten pick gotta have that 'IT' factor and many analysts state this is the weakest draft to where if none of these QBs are in a good environment are back up QBs at best. All need to get retooled to the game and also a learning curve is more steep for any QB coming out especially a spread offense. You put jim brother john took flacco, well that made sense since he came from a prostyle offense, had the strongest arm coming out of the draft, and on top of that was going to a team that had everything in place just needed a competent QB to do the job. When getting a rookie QB in the top half of the first round everything need to be in place to be successful for him. I don't think gabbert is all that great to me, and see us getting prince if peterson and von miller is gone.
    chris 04-18-2011 06:33 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.24 (total posts: 1)
    41     30

    Your a douche bag, and yo dont know anything about football
    Adrian 04-18-2011 11:15 am xxx.xxx.xxx6.57 (total posts: 1)
    31     34

    What do you think are the chances of the Raiders trading back into the 1st round? If so, who do you think they'll reach for.
    ANTHONY 04-14-2011 02:25 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.25 (total posts: 1)
    40     38

    i took a big dump on my keyboard and called it a comment
    Badger Man 04-12-2011 11:15 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.29 (total posts: 1)
    41     37

    I don't think he will even get to #5, but if Von Miller slips to them, you say it is an automatic selection for the cards. I say do not forget about Badger stud O'Brian Schofield who was selected last year. Defensive MVP of the Senior Bowl Practices until he tore up his knee. I look for him to make an impact next year, and if Miller and Peterson are available, PP is the choice in my eyes due to the presence of OB.
    Zeke 04-12-2011 01:41 am xxx.xxx.xxx3.28 (total posts: 1)
    33     40

    "When he was throwing the ball, Ryan Mallett was one of the most impressive quarterbacks at the Combine. When he was speaking, Mallett turned people off and convinced teams to completely remove him from their draft boards.

    Mallett has major red flags. Consider the drug allegations that he refused to deny. Consider the infamous Scantron-gate. Consider his sense of entitlement that makes many think of Matt Leinart, Ryan Leaf and Jimmy Clausen."

    I'm an Arkansas alum. You're DEAD ON with Mallett.
    Joe 04-11-2011 03:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.255 (total posts: 1)
    34     34

    I love it when idiots argue with an idiot over whose the biggest idiot quarterback in the draft.
    First off mocks are impossible so grading on accuracy is pointless, we our forced to grade on entertainment, and while that stupid dingleberry comment was crazy, entertaining it was. Keep up those idiot comments everyone south of ohio!! Keeps us yanks entertained like all the idiot youtube videos.







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