NFL Mock Draft 2011: Will Cam Newton Rise Following Workouts?

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NFL Mock Draft 2011: Will Cam Newton Rise Following Workouts?
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Speculation continues to surround the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner, and he now has as many as 10 workouts with nine different teams scheduled over the next three weeks.

Cam Newton has yet to be defeated on the big stage this year, and it is now down to about six other players vying for the top spot in the 2011 NFL Draft.

The heavily debated No. 1 prospect spot in this draft class has settled down to approximately three players: Patrick Peterson of LSU, Marcell Dareus of Alabama and A.J. Green of Georgia.

All three have the potential to be the first name called on April 28, but there is no denying that the quarterback position is the trending pick of the last decade at the top of the draft.

Newton and Missouri's Blaine Gabbert are believed to be the only quarterbacks in the mix for the top 10 at this stage and any other signal caller would be a reach.

Of all the teams scheduled to work out Newton in the coming weeks, seven of them have desperate needs at quarterback, while Denver and Cleveland seem to simply be doing their homework on the situation.

However, this is the draft and nothing would shock me (Oakland, New England and Jacksonville could certainly try though).

Here's a look at my latest mock draft projections after some new speculation over the weekend.

And remember, for all your 2011 NFL draft needs, be sure to bookmark our draft hub

1. Carolina: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
2. Denver: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
3. Buffalo: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
4. Cincinnati: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
17. New England (via Oak): J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
18. San Diego: Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri
19. New York Giants: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
20. Tampa Bay: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
5. Arizona: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
6. Cleveland: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
7. San Francisco: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
8. Tennessee: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
21. Kansas City: Anthony Castonzo, OT, BC
22. Indianapolis: Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida
23. Philadelphia: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
24. New Orleans: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
9. Dallas: Tyron Smith, OT, USC
10. Washington: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
11. Houston: Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, UNC
12. Minnesota: Cam Jordan, DE, California
25. Seattle: Jake Locker, QB, Washington
26. Baltimore: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple
27. Atlanta: Justin Houston, DE, Georgia
28. New England: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
13. Detroit: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
14. St. Louis: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
15. Miami: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
16. Jacksonville: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
29. Chicago: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
30. New York Jets: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor
31. Pittsburgh: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
32. Green Bay: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas

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