NFL Draft 2011: Cam Newton And 10 QBs Who Have Super Bowl Potential

Brett AppleyCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2011

NFL Draft 2011: Cam Newton And 10 QB's Who Have Super Bowl Potential

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates the Tigers 22-19 victory against the Oregon Ducks in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Ar
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    In this years Super Bowl, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers faced off against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Both quarterbacks were drafted in the first round. Rodgers was selected 24th overall, while Roethlisberger was taken all the way up at pick 11.

    Still, there have been many quarterbacks in the past that weren't drafted in the first round but still lead their team to Super Bowl glory.

    Tom Brady, for instance, was drafted in the sixth round, but has won three Super Bowl championships.

    Which quarterbacks from this years draft has the potential to lead their team to the promised land?

No. 10. Jerrod Johnson Texas A&M

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    COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 26: Quarterback Jerrod Johnson #1 of the Texas A&M Aggies looks to throw the ball downfield to an open receiver against the Texas Longhorns in the second half at Kyle Field on November 26, 2009 in College Station, Texas. The
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    The NFL career of Jerrod Johnson all depends on his health.

    Johnson is tremendously fast, and has good arm strength as well.

    If he can stay out of the injury reports, he has the chance to be a terrific quarterback. The potential is there, it's only a question of whether or not he gets the chance.

No. 9. Ricky Stanzi Iowa

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    TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes walks off the field after defeating the Missouri Tigers in the Insight Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28, 2010 in Tempe, Arizona. The Hawkeyes defeated the Tigers 27-24.  (
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    Ricky Stanzi was one of the best quarterbacks in college football over the past few years.

    He has great leadership ability, but isn't the biggest athlete in the field. He definitely has some work left to do before he can be an NFL QB, but the potential is there.

No. 8. Greg McElroy Alabama

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    ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01:  Greg McElroy #12 of the Alabama Crimson Tide smiles after winning the Capitol One Bowl against the Michigan State Spartans at the Florida Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    Greg McElroy is just a winner.

    He never lost in high school, and only lost a couple games for the Crimson Tide in his college career. He has shown he can perform well under pressure, and he can be a leader on the field as well.

    Although he doesn't have any stand out attributes, you can't deny he is a very good quarterback and will definitely be drafted into the NFL.

    We may not see him on the field for awhile, but if he gets a starting job, McElroy will make the best of it.

No. 7. Colin Kaepernick Nevada

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 09:  Colin Kaepernick #10 of the Nevada Wolf Pack looks to pass the ball against Boston College during the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on January 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Kaepernick took Nevada from being a unknown school, to a West Coast powerhouse in only a few seasons.

    His victory over undefeated Boise State put himself and his school on the map. Kaepernick performed well at the Senior Bowl and at the NFL combine as well.

    If he can sit and wait on the bench for a couple years, Kaepernick could develop the skills that he already has into those of an elite NFL quarterback.

No. 6. Andy Dalton TCU

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the TCU Horned Frogs celebrates with the Rose Bowl Championship Trophy after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers 21-19 in the 97th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by
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    Dalton lead the Horned Frogs to an undefeated season this past year, and a victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

    TCU is now headed to the Big East, and they can thank Dalton for leading them there. Dalton has great accuracy and threw only six interceptions last year. He will most likely go in the middle rounds of the draft.

No. 5. Christian Ponder Florida State

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    MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 29: Quarteback Christian Ponder #7 of the South Team scrambles out of the pocket against the North Team during the second quarter of the Under Armour Senior Bowl on January 29, 2011 at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.  (Photo
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    Christian Ponder had a great week at the Senior Bowl and is considered by some as one of the best quarterbacks in the draft.

    He was injured a lot last season at Florida State, but the potential he has shown through his years in college just cannot be overlooked.

    Ponder has good strength and accuracy, and can be a good quarterback in this league if he has some time to develop.

No. 4. Ryan Mallet Arkansas

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Quarterback Ryan Mallett #15 of the Arkansas Razorbacks looks to pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew
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    Mallet should be considered as one of the top quarterbacks in the draft, although there have been questions regarding his work ethic and maturity.

    Still, he is very talented, and was coached by Bobby Petrino, which should give him an advantage. Mallet isn't a tremendously fast QB, but his arm strength and accuracy downfield are excellent.

No. 3. Cam Newton Auburn

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates the Tigers 22-19 victory against the Oregon Ducks in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Ar
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    Cam Newton lead the Auburn Tigers to an NCAA championship this past season, and he's poised to do the same in the NFL.

    He is dangerous on the ground and through the air, and has shown shades of Michael Vick's athleticism.

    While he probably won't be a developed quarterback for a few years, Newton definitely has the skills and potential to be an elite athlete in this league.

No. 2. Blaine Gabbert Missouri

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    TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Missouri Tigers drops back to pass during the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes  at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28, 2010 in Tempe, Arizona.  The Hawkeyes defeated the Tigers 27-24.  (P
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    Gabbert seems to be the most NFL ready quarterback in the draft.

    He's a tall, athletic QB who has a quick release and compact throwing motion. ESPN projects Gabbert to be drafted within the first 10 picks, and could be starting in the NFL immediately.

No. 1. Jake Locker Washington

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    SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30:  Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies passes against the Stanford Cardinal on October 30, 2010 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Jake Locker is one of those athletes that just has an "IT" factor.

    He was projected to be one of the first players taken in this years draft before the season started, but his inconsistent play has lead to him falling, most likely, into the second round.

    Locker is a huge quarterback who has great arm strength and good leadership qualities. He scored second highest among all quarterbacks in this years NFL combine.

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