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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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    Phil 04-04-2011 06:00 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.75 (total posts: 1)
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    Williams went up against better Ends than Okung !!
    spurzo 04-04-2011 12:31 am xxx.xxx.xxx3.88 (total posts: 2)
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    When Mallett speaks I want to slap him, he sounds like an incredibly arrogant wigger. I do think he'll be a good qb for somebody though, especially if he gets picked between the 2nd and 3rd round as that should put him in his place and humble him a bit. Also, whenever Sanchez opens his mouth I want to slap him too, I bet Claussen wishes he had B Edwards and Holmes to throw to.
    trisoman 04-03-2011 11:26 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.35 (total posts: 1)
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    I laughed / felt sad simultaenously at the April Fools' mock when Qalt gave us a Tight End. Because it's true, and it's almost a joke now.

    Haters gon' hate heh
    Jshblessing 04-03-2011 08:44 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.90 (total posts: 1)
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    Who are these pole smokers(not that there's anything wrong with that). The April fools mock was funny as sh!t. There is no proof to show that Mallet isn't dumb as sh!t. And I have no clue who Chris Hope is but if Walter says he sucks then he must be sh!t
    John 04-03-2011 08:38 pm xxx.xxx.xxx88.9 (total posts: 2)
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    Haha wonderlic scores. Mallet got a 26, which means he'll be incredibly better than Marino, Bradshaw, or Jim Kelly who all had 15s. BETTER PICK MALLET FAST!
    Neil 04-03-2011 02:30 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.53 (total posts: 2)
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    The haters on here are one more sign of the world going to hell in a hand basket. ...And the sad thing is that they can most likely breed.

    Walt provides a great FREE (yes free) service here...Loved the April Fools' draft. Had many lolz.
    Brady 04-03-2011 01:39 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.102 (total posts: 1)
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    Hey TT one name for you. PACMAN JONES, he's the DB that Tennessee drafted 6th overall in 2005. He also spent the equivalent of three years (Slight Exaggeration) either suspended or in jail. He is also the reason why a Las Vegas bouncer can't walk. You want to compare Pacman to Talib. Really if thats what you want knock yourself?
    dcljx15 04-03-2011 01:14 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.32 (total posts: 1)
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    that first one by ark is hilarious hahahaha
    lol 04-03-2011 12:22 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.28 (total posts: 1)
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    the april fool's mock draft was hilarious if anyone tells you it isn't they can suck a fat one

    and yes there is something wrong with that
    Jake, 04-03-2011 10:06 am xxx.xxx.xxx.123 (total posts: 1)
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    I actually liked the april fools mock, but thats probably because A) Im not a homer, and B) I can take a joke.

    But kudos to them for loving their team that much.
    Wharthog 04-03-2011 09:41 am xxx.xxx.xxx.150 (total posts: 3)
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    Wow. It never ceases to amaze me how many looneys are out there that would take something like the April Fools Mock so bloody serious. It was all for fun. Holy crap guys with all the serious analysts out there arguing strenuously over each mocked pick it's nice to throw a little humor in there every now & again. I look forward to jerks of the week and I'm proud to say I've been following the site long enough to have been here since the first jerk of the week.

    Therefore you angry people who hate on Walter for his site and his humor, you're my jerks of the week.
    Matt S. 04-03-2011 09:17 am xxx.xxx.xxx.116 (total posts: 1)
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    WOW, we have a whole bunch of hypocritical haters here. "no one thinks your cute" your calling Walt a coward yet you don't have the balls to post your real name, WHY? because your a spineless creeper who likes to hide behind screen names and computer screens, and its trolls like you who people hate not "second-rate" bloggers like Walt.
    Young 04-03-2011 08:45 am xxx.xxx.xxx.126 (total posts: 1)
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    OMG.. are these people serious? This is like the best site for NFL draft info and people want to criticize? they are the idiots.. If you don't like the site, keep that TO YOURSELF!!!
    Tosh 04-03-2011 07:40 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.78 (total posts: 2)
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    What's with people bashing Walter all the time for his mocks? I mean really? really? It's a freaking mock draft, who cares, if his that bad why do all of you keep coming back? Isn't like anyone, and I mean anyone is going 32 for 32 this April.
    No one thinks your cute STFU 03-31-2011 11:26 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.251 (total posts: 2)
    28     28

    Im sorry I made a mistake, you're just precious made sense unlike No one thinks your cute. I meant the previous comment to No One Thinks Your Cute







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