NFL Draft 2011: Jake Locker, Cam Newton and Others Generating Mixed Opinions

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NFL Draft 2011: Jake Locker, Cam Newton and Others Generating Mixed Opinions
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Every year leading up to the NFL draft, certain players are unfairly criticized or praised for various reasons. 

Some players are considered too small for the NFL despite outstanding production in college. Others are lauded for their immense talent and athleticism, despite doing virtually nothing against NCAA competition. Even more have their draft status hindered by character issues stemming from problems that happened off the field. 

At the end of the day, what really matters is how the individual player is able to perform when he's between the sidelines.

Productive players consistently slip through the cracks and get drafted in the middle rounds, while around half of the first round picks fail to meet expectations during their careers. 

Mostly all of these players, the mid-round steals and the busts, generate differing views from critics in the months leading up to draft day; teams and scouts either love them or hate them.

What follows is a list of the 10 most polarizing prospects in the 2011 NFL Draft. 

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