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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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    bay area 02-15-2011 04:12 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.108 (total posts: 1)
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    Cocaine is a hell of a drug just ask Ryan Mallet. Peterson in the first and noddle arm(Ponder) in the the second for the niners please
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    chris graham 02-15-2011 04:04 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.198 (total posts: 1)
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    if The Cowboys release Roy Williams its Greg Little or Titus young
    Derek 02-15-2011 03:54 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.126 (total posts: 1)
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    Absolutely love the site and your smart a$$ way of telling the truth. I couldnt help but absolutely die laughing when the hogs fan was going on his rant. Anyways I wanted to basically get your thoughts from 08 when the Dolphins drafted Henne.
    Ryan Mallett 02-15-2011 03:51 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.204 (total posts: 1)
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    Duh... Tanks for ruining my entire life, Walt. Now I'm in some dive of a bar with Anthony Morelli and Derek Anderson, drowning my sorrows with the contents of DA's magic flask.
    Suffering Bengals Fan 02-15-2011 02:31 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.181 (total posts: 2)
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    Walt,

    As a long suffering Bengals fan who gets to read about how awful his team is every week in his local paper, I would appreciate it if you could stop harping on the fact that the Bengals seemingly take a poor character, high-talent selection with every pick. I come to your site for an honest opinion that isn't bought by one of the major networks, but when you attach a "this guy is a first round talent with character concerns, which the Bengals will certainly overlook" to every pick you project for them, it makes it hard to take them seriously. Was Andre "Fat miserable waste of a pick" Smith a poor choice? Yes. But every team screws up a pick every once in a while, and the guy was at one time the consensus not even close top pick, so if the Bengals didn't take a shot someone else would have soon afterwards. Look at their most recent draft, filled with high character players like Jermaine Gresham, Jordan Shipley, and Geno Atkins. I think the issue may be the confusion of on-field issues with off-field issues, and the Bengals have shown above-average talent at correcting on-field issues. Carlos Dunlap went in the 2nd round because he took plays off, not because of his one DUI. He had 9.5 sacks this year in the equivalent of half a season of game time. Michael Johnson fell to the 3rd round for a supposed lack of motivation, but he has been a solid contributor who most Bengals fans will tell you hasn't even scratched his surface of potential. So while its funny to make fun of the team and Mike Brown(who we all know is awful), try and perhaps take some of these things into account when predicting your picks, instead of taking your round by round shot at an organization and fan base that is cursed with losing. Or at least call out some of the other teams who do the same thing, like the Pittsburgh Steelers, who used poor character players to start the dynasty they currently enjoy. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=fleming/110127&sportCat=nfl .
    Ravens Fan 02-15-2011 02:01 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.198 (total posts: 2)
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    if i were aldon smith and i already had two knee injuries, i would declare now before another one derails the money train to the NFL.. maybe cuz of this injury it wont be top $, maybe he wont get hurt next season and becomes the top player at his position.. but as it sits now.. the knee injuries are going to be in question and its best to come out now and make something than to have that possibility of getting hurt in college and not make anything
    The only Jags fan 02-15-2011 12:49 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.245 (total posts: 1)
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    anyone who watched the College All Star Skills challenge, and if you did you were as bored as me that day, or only watching during commercials of the Celts/Heat game, either way, Jake Lockers inaccuracy was severely exposed. He couldn't hit the side of a barn, which is about how big those targets were. It was embarrassing for him.
    Cam Newton 02-15-2011 12:24 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.113 (total posts: 1)
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    p...p...p...pick m...m....m...me....w...w...w...walter
    Eric 02-15-2011 12:08 pm xxx.xxx.xxx32.5 (total posts: 1)
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    Yeah Walter, just because it's called Walterfootball.com does NOT mean you can just say anything you want.....OH, wait, it actually does mean you can say whatever you want. Also, re-read the Reed posting and do it with a LongDuck Dong impression from 16 Candles....It makes it even more hilarious
    Mike E. 02-15-2011 11:32 am xxx.xxx.xxx.162 (total posts: 1)
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    Walt,

    The Dolphins obviously want to trade back in the 1st round, because they have many holes to fill. I think their best move would be draft in the 1st the best OL available, whether it's Carimi, Castonzo or Pouncey. I'd love them to take Kaepernick in the 2nd, with the pick they get from the trade down. Do you think he makes it to the 2nd round?
    Potter 02-15-2011 08:28 am xxx.xxx.xxx5.73 (total posts: 1)
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    Nice Job. I'm not sure if Locker even falls to Round 2, I mean, teams draft players for upside all the time early and for Locker the sky's the limit.

    He just has to stop throwing a football with the same stride he throws a baseball with and get his release point down.

    As a coach I will tell you, ALL coaches have huge egos and think they can coach up ANYBODY, someone may see Locker as a guy early that they can prove their Genius through.
    Ian 02-15-2011 05:04 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.76 (total posts: 4)
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    At some level you have to admit that it's not Jeff Backus hurting Matt, it's Matthew Stafford being brittle. I hate to admit this, because I actually was lobbying for Detroit to move back (and they easily could have, with Suh there.) and take an OT.

    That, fortunately, didn't happen. I love Ndamukong Suh... but what we need is not a new starting LT. Jeff Backus was probably the best lineman in the entire NFC North last season. I don't care about pro bowl selections, they don't really prove a whole lot. What they need is new interior lineman to help run block to make the defense honest. That's what's hurting Stafford, not Jeff Backus.
    Ian 02-15-2011 04:57 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.76 (total posts: 4)
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    I'm not sold on Aldon Smith either. Why would you leave school as a Redshirt sophomore after playing hurt the entire season?

    It doesn't make sense to me why a guy at his level of talent would risk being drafted low instead of insuring a top 10 selection with another strong year in the Big 12.

    There has to be something missing here, right? Does Aldon desperately need the money?
    tommy k 02-15-2011 04:45 am xxx.xxx.xxx.250 (total posts: 1)
    21     23

    that Duck fan sure does use a lot of punctuation.

    I didnt believe him before but seeing as hes very (!!!) sincere it sems much more credible
    Nathan G 02-15-2011 03:22 am xxx.xxx.xxx.185 (total posts: 2)
    22     22

    lolololol ryan mallet 4eva!!







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