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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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    ham 04-11-2011 09:52 am xxx.xxx.xxx.186 (total posts: 1)
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    u have to be an idiot to pass on mallett
    waynerdk 04-10-2011 09:58 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.233 (total posts: 2)
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    Hey Walt, I have the feeling that there will be more trading in the first 2 rounds than ever before since QB's will be at a premium and better teams may be willing to trade back because of the depth at other positions. Do you see many of the early second round teams trading into the back of the 1st round such as the 49ers or Texans trading up for Ponder or Dalton?
    waynerdk 04-10-2011 09:41 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.233 (total posts: 2)
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    Hey Walt- I always love your stuff and trying to mock a 7 round draft is like herding cats. As a packer fan my only issue is when I see huge reaches like noel devine in the 4th round. I feel the pack organization is 1 of the few that usually doesnt reach for need but takes players that unexpectedly fall such as Bulaga last year or Finley a few years back. They may take a rb like Vereen, Murray, Hunter, Green, in the 4th but I doubt Devine. Keep up the great work because soon we'll all be wrong.
    Ian 04-10-2011 07:25 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.76 (total posts: 4)
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    Hey Jay, a typo would easily explain a missing letter; that's not necessarily a grammar issue.

    Also, SomeFrenchGuy, I'll draw up a mock for last year. I'll let you suck my dick.
    Jay 04-10-2011 03:07 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.227 (total posts: 1)
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    Walt, you make fun of people who make grammar mistakes but you made one yourself in this article. You stated that Stephen Paea is "the prototype of what Wade Phillips look for." Unless somebody cloned him and there are now multiple Wade Phillips, it should say "what Wade Phillips looks for."
    SomeFrenchGuy 04-10-2011 02:15 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.46 (total posts: 1)
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    I would like to say to anyone who wants to post some hate comment to try to write something clever. Walt's mocks always make sense, some comments don't...

    If someone find a mock draft which will be 100% right, i will s*ck his c*ck. (PS for stupid haters : that was ironic dumb b*stard, like many of Walt's comments)

    Thank you.

    PS' : I apologize for some hypotetical writing mistakes because of my name.
    JP 04-10-2011 01:22 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.11 (total posts: 1)
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    Walt, do you think it is possible for the Broncos to trade Tim Tebow to the Panthers for Jimmy Clausen and the Panthers 2012 second round pick?
    mitch 04-10-2011 03:41 am xxx.xxx.xxx5.62 (total posts: 3)
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    come on man chris hope is at least a top 10-15 saftey. my brother's a titans fan and i watch every one of their games.
    hahahah 04-10-2011 03:36 am xxx.xxx.xxx5.62 (total posts: 3)
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    whew 2bits is ridiculous
    Mitch 04-10-2011 03:30 am xxx.xxx.xxx5.62 (total posts: 3)
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    I wouldnt sweat it walt these guys are just aggro b/c you didn't drop their favorite player to their favorite team
    TheU 04-08-2011 06:24 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.21 (total posts: 1)
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    When i get mindlessly hated on a build a fortress to keep the haters out.
    Lol 04-07-2011 02:35 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.130 (total posts: 2)
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    That guy's mad.








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    Lol 04-07-2011 02:35 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.130 (total posts: 2)
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    That guy's mad.








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    I posted my real name the first time I posted my questions 04-06-2011 03:49 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.53 (total posts: 1)
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    Walter refused to answer them. My real name was posted 3 times. I didn't feel like putting it again, so I condensed my 3 posts into one long one.

    For which I still have gotten no response.

    Hilarious that you combat Mallett's wonderlic score which clearly proves you wrong about his intelligence with "well Chris Mortensen was wrong about Gabbert's score so he's probably wrong about this too. I heard he got a 9".

    Seems like a 9 would have been stated already by a media dog who wants to bring him down more, or it seems like you of all people would have loved to break that news.

    You refuse to admit you're wrong
    The Kid 04-06-2011 10:56 am xxx.xxx.xxx.200 (total posts: 1)
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    Okay man, you need to get your facts straight about Ryan Mallet. He's from texarkana, arkansas. if you know people from there they all take like rednecks with a ghetto accent. its just how he talks who cares? chris johnson talks like a dummy (read his tweets) and no one ever questioned his ability? and also everyone smokes weed now. EVERYONE.







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