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Is anybody surprise by this pick?
When Cam Newton was coming out of Auburn, I was one of the people saying that I didn't see his college success translating well into the professional game. I didn't think his size and speed would matter that much because he would be going against the strongest and fastest football players that the world had to offer.
I will happily admit that I was dead wrong.
I always get annoyed when draft analysts and scouts describe someone as a once in a generation talent because it seems like there's two in every draft, but they were dead on with Newton. He has such an unbelievable blend of skill, size, speed and just natural ability that he was able to practically have won Offensive Rookie of the Year by week three.
It is important to note though that the Panthers finished 6-10 last season. In games that Newton threw an interception, Carolina was 0-9. In games that he did not throw any interceptions, 6-1.
He may be near super-human but he isn't completely infallible. If the Giants D can force him into mistakes and rattle him early with their pass rush, they stand a great chance to win. If not, he'll probably throw for a pedestrian 375 yards and three touchdowns because that's the kind of talent he has.