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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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    You're just precious STFU 03-31-2011 11:23 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.251 (total posts: 2)
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    OMG DUDE SHUT UP! You think the reason he is avoiding you is because he doesn't want another essay on how he is a "douchebag...spineless idiot...coward" seriously man! No one cares! Mallett sucks. Always will. Whoever drafts him will have a great quarterback...for a backup. Oh and by the way, you say "bless your heart" after calling him a media whore and a worthless piece of second rate media garbage, that makes no sense what so ever.
    No one thinks you're cute 03-31-2011 08:33 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.234 (total posts: 1)
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    Quit avoiding my question. Tell me why you think Mallet is so awesome? I find him to be a complete idiot and I don't trust his abilety to qb in the NFL. Stop avoiding me!
    You're just precious 03-30-2011 03:44 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.220 (total posts: 5)
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    I would like to ask what about Cam Newton makes you think he doesn't have more character issues than anyone in the draft this year?

    He clearly has issues with authority. Can't figure out what I'm talking about? I'll hold your hand and walk you through it. Cam Newton is the only person in this draft convicted of a felony for stealing laptops. He threw them out the car window when he was caught so he wouldn't get it trouble too, but that's not the point.

    Additionally, he was caught cheating at Florida. Fool me twice? I think strike 2 should raise some eyebrows.

    But none of his past lack of accountability seems to matter to anyone in the FBI investigation concerning whether or not he accepted $180,000 for his letter of intent (more than every other D1 college team's salary combined) and it seems like a kid with this many "alleged" crimes and breaking of the rules would have some pretty huge red flags concerning his character.

    What do you think about this? Too busy spanking it to a poster of his smile to answer? Can't wait to hear back
    No one thinks you're cute 03-30-2011 03:38 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.220 (total posts: 5)
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    I specifically told you to respond to my statements about your obvious lack of any actual research on Ryan Mallett. Of course, you couldn't openly mock me in any way or combat any of my post, so I didn't get a response. I'm going to post my full post again continuously until you find the guts to respond to it.

    Okay so it just came out that Mallett scored a 26 on his Wonderlic test.

    So I have to ask, have you ever actually done any research on Mallett? I mean I'm serious. In the past I have heard you question his leadership ability. Well Petrino and others came out and said that's ridiculous that that is even being thought about because he was the unquestioned leader of the hogs the last 2 years. You were positive that he would put up a single digit wonderlic score. Well a 26 is more than respectable and I'm going to guess close to double what Cam Newton scored. Drug allegations? Latest news is he has not only passed the drug test at the combine, but he passed numerous other ones while at Arkansas.

    The media made his interview at the combine out to be a complete embarrassment to himself. I watched it live and I must say I have no idea how that could have been taken like that. He respectfully answered the same question 4 different times with the same answer of "I'll talk to those who need to know about this" and declined to talk about it. He never got heated or angry and never fired back. Then his agent said that the last question was going to be asked, and when Mallett had answered it, he said bye and and his agent escorted him to the field to do the combine work outs. I don't know how he "bombed" that interview or did anything wrong at all besides not give the answers that the medias whores like yourself were hoping for.

    So let's be honest, do you hate Ryan Mallett? I'm not so sure you're not who started the media war against him in the first place and your criticism hasn't just been negative about him. The wording has been straight up mean and inflamatory. So I ask you, why do you hate Ryan Mallett? Literally all of your huge slams on him have been proven wrong over and over. I'm sure you won't change your mind about him, but I just have to ask, what's your problem with him?
    Oh and I forgot to mention that his team interviews have all gotten rave reviews. He has been respectful and not "defensive" like Newton was accused of being and impressed many coaches with drawing up and dissecting plays on the chalk board. So he's had great interviews with those that it matters to have great interviews with. Also he has never failed a drug test. Ever. He has never ever failed a drug test in his life. But he's an addict right? He had great understanding and control of a pro style offense and can tear apart plays with his knowledge of pro playbooks and scored a 26 on the wonderlic, but he's an idiot, right? I remember a while ago you talked about how incredibly slow his release is. Well it has never been slow, but you compared it to Byron Leftwich. At the combine and pro day, he had one of the faster releases I have seen out of a college quarterback in a while. Sounds like you're running out of garbage to slam him with. Do you think you might consider actually objectively evaluating him now?

    So he talks like he's black. Sounds like that is the piece of mud you're left with to smear him for until draft day. I can't wait to hear about how the way he talks is going to keep him out of the first round.

    I expect a response to this. Don't be a coward and avoid this message. Don't be a worthless piece of second rate media garbage who, bless your heart, will never have a respected opinion in the world of sports past posting things that are controversial and piss people off. I can't wait for your answer.
    and by the way, if you ever want to be taken seriously in journalism, I would stop actually answering fan mail with "LOL".

    I can't believe you actually do that. I can't imagine Chris Low from ESPN putting "lulz, jk, rofl" and other crap like that in his blogs.

    Okay douchebag. Table is set and you're free to not be a spineless idiot with a blog page. I'm not so sure you didn't start some of the rumors surrounding Mallett So I can't wait for your response in your next hate mail.
    Justin 03-30-2011 02:05 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.123 (total posts: 1)
    24     25

    "The Redskins put a lot of stock in 40 times, and thats why they selected Trent Williams over Russell Okung".

    Okung had a much better season? Do you even watch football? Last time I checked Okung missed 6 games because of injuries and didn't exactly wow.

    Williams meanwhile started 13 games this year and played in 14. This while facing a ridiculously good assortment of pass rushers

    Demarcus Ware (2 times)
    Mario Williams
    Trent Cole (2 times)
    Dwight Freeney
    Julius Peppers
    Jared Allen
    Osi Umeniyora (2 times)
    Ax 03-29-2011 07:26 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.27 (total posts: 1)
    24     27

    One Blaine Gabbert might be the most overrated "top qb" ever and two Ryan Mallett is by far the number one qb and it is not even close.
    Midnite 03-29-2011 11:52 am xxx.xxx.xxx4.53 (total posts: 1)
    24     27

    "Just because it's called Walterfootball doesn't mean you can just say whatever you believe"

    That's an instant classic!
    matt 03-28-2011 08:15 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.137 (total posts: 1)
    24     29

    What is the basis for saying okunk had a better rookie year then trent williams? The fact that okung missed a big chunk of the season or the fact the williams was better. Stop making baseless claims. you lost a reader dummy.
    mock draft expert 03-28-2011 07:22 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.42 (total posts: 1)
    24     25

    listen, i'm no redskins fan, but they need a qb in the draft, they're getting a lose lose situation with pick #10, cam and gabbert will be gone, and they got a lot of needs, they should trade down a few picks because...
    a. they'll get jake locker
    b. in the trade they can get a quality 2nd reciever
    Alex 03-28-2011 05:29 pm xxx.xxx.xxx5.18 (total posts: 1)
    30     25

    I know a lot of people are sending you hate mail but look at your answer to Dan about the 49ers. Did he say anything wrong to you ?
    ILDUCE 03-28-2011 01:24 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.74 (total posts: 1)
    33     26

    Dude you totally just contradicted yourself with the broncos comments...you say they will go need with no 2 overall and say that trumps the best player available but then the next comment you'll say it may not fill a need but they will take the best player on the board...I know teams can draft differently depending on their position but that's hardly an argument you should be making since it has no backing...they could take peterson 2nd overall and get stephen paea in the 2nd or trade back into the end of the 1st to get him, someone who they have been interested in
    JaredIsAlwaysRight 03-27-2011 05:11 pm xxx.xxx.xxx44.2 (total posts: 1)
    30     27

    @Skins28

    Yeah, Exactly man... And Washington has a worse line than the Hawks. He was the weakest link, so of course they would exploit it.

    Walt just doesnt like the redskins, and always bashes them. I love his website, and read it everyday, but I hate how he always jumps on my skins :(
    skins28 03-23-2011 03:11 pm xxx.xxx.xxx28.6 (total posts: 1)
    25     27

    Concerning Tjam3s post, you completely ignored his fact that he plays against players like d ware, osi, tuck, cole and other ridiculous ends and defenses. He also manned up and played most of the season. Not injury prone and a definite starter for years to come? I say great pick
    JRV 03-23-2011 02:06 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.42 (total posts: 1)
    24     26

    Your the man Walt.. don't listen to these haters...while I consistently check back in hopes you throw Ingram into the Patriots first round pick.. one can only hope. Your fantasy drafts are the reason why I am 3 years running as Champ and thousands of dollars more rich... Walt is WINNING!! stop hating haters!!
    Redskin Die Hard 03-22-2011 04:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.171 (total posts: 1)
    24     26

    Russell Okung had a better year than Trent Williams??? They were both hurt for significant chunksof time... And actually...Okung was hurt a few more games than Williams. All of the quotes that came out of the Seattle organization during the season, referred to Okung's upside. Trent Williams had some pretty good games against excellet DE's, according to the NFL analysts calling those games. Unfortunately, I watched all of the games he played in and i thought he did an excellent job for a rookie. What are you basing your expert opinion on that I'm missing? And why should I continue reading your deal, when it seems like you're making up your analysis as you go, with no evidence based in facts?







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