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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.

2/15/11

2011 NFL Draft E-mails - Quarterbacks



  • From Big Mull:

    i've got a feeling the panthers will take Cam Newton. he'll establish himself as th top QB at the combine and Rivera will want his guy so he can dump clausen as quick as possible. gabbert is a fat homosexual who will be found out in due time i hope or he could be the biggest bust ever


    --> You know, it wouldn't surprise me if Cam Newton ends up as the No. 1 overall selection. There's no consensus top prospect, and the Panthers' new regime is desperate for a quarterback.

    I would not pick Newton if I were the Panthers. Jimmy Clausen sucks, but Newton is just way too risky to be the top overall selection. He was a one-year starter in college; he has intelligence concerns; and he made only one read in his collegiate offense. The fact that Newton seldom took snaps under center isn't a big deal to me. I think that's overrated. What matters is how few reads he had to make. Newton was just asked to make one read and run. That doesn't fly in the NFL.



  • From Jhon Biret:

    cam newton is going to sf


    --> Cam Newton recently put on a very impressive workout, per numerous media sources. It could propel him into the top 10 - I'll be moving him up in my next 2011 NFL Mock Draft update - but I doubt Jim Harbaugh selects Newton. Newton doesn't project as a good fit for a West Coast offense.





  • From Ram Tony Banks:

    This is the first Ive heard of Cam Newton's intelligence concerns? I like how Walter drops that bomb, but doesn't give any basis to support it. smh


    --> Seriously? If you'd like, you can Google "Cam Newton intelligence." The guy's not exactly going to shatter Wonderlic score records.



  • From Zippy:

    I have to agree with others.....I don't see Locker slipping that far, certainly won't go behind Kaepernick. His "inaccuracy" in the SB was partially due to a TE that doesn't know where the seam is & a WR that (whom you have as a 1st rounder) couldn't handle the velocity of his throw. He's no doubt a project but has all the tools & no baggage.....


    --> Jake Locker's inaccuracy wasn't just limited to the game. He seldom threw two accurate passes in a row during the practices. That's a major concern, and it's very unlikely that he'll be drafted in the first round. In fact, I think there's a greater chance that Locker goes in the third round than the first round, and I'd be mildly surprised if he's selected before Colin Kaepernick.





  • From VikesMan:

    Why do you say Kaepernick was the most impressive in the Senior Bowl, when Ponder won the MVP? I understand the arm strength concerns, but Ponder is mobile, a good pocket qb, and solid leader. I'd rather one of these two guys in the second and save the Vikes first rounder for an OT, DE, or CB, instead of taking Newton


    --> The consensus among scouts is that the Senior Bowl practices are more meaningful than the actual Senior Bowl game. I don't know if I necessarily believe that as far as quarterbacks are concerned, but practices are undoubtedly important. While Christian Ponder was the best quarterback in the actual game, Kaepernick really shined in the practices. That's why I wrote that he was the most impressive quarterback in the Senior Bowl.



  • From Kolby:

    I don't see why Walter is so quick to give up on Jimmy Clausen, given he wasnt very good at all this year, but there are many good qbs who had bad first years, i wouldnt be so quick to say he'll never be good in the nfl. If you have a young guy with potential i wouldnt go for a QB right out of the gate, but with the panthers looking so bad why not give him a few pieces to work with like AJ green and get a few linemen because there are quite a few positions they could get better at before qb


    --> Watching Jimmy Clausen struggle with the Panthers last year, it became very apparent to me that he's nowhere near ready to be an NFL quarterback. It's not the talent so much as the mental aspect of the game. Clausen has horrific body language and inspires no confidence from his teammates. He's not even confident in his own abilities, as he was too scared to take shots downfield, settling for checkdowns instead.

    We all saw what Charlie Weis did for Matt Cassel this season. Cassel is a mediocre talent, but Weis got the most out of him. That's exactly what happened at Notre Dame. Unless the Panthers can acquire a premier offensive coordinator like Weis - which is unlikely because cheap owner Jerry Richardson would never spend that type of money - Clausen will probably continue to struggle.



    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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