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Cam Newton—Quarterback, Auburn
6'5", 248 pounds
40 time: 4.59
We arrive at the biggest question of the 2011 NFL Draft—who will take Cam Newton? The ultra-talented, super athletic quarterback who took college football by storm in 2010 is already making his mark on the NFL and he hasn't even arrived yet. We all know the story by now—transfer, scandal, Heisman trophy, more scandal, national championship...and did I mention scandal? But I'm not concerned with his financial "concerns," or his father's (alleged) impropriety—as far as I am concerned, those are Auburn's problems now, and I'm a Bills fan, so let's move on.
Newton is obviously a born winner, winning at every level he's been at from high school, to Blinn College, to Aurburn. He has an incredibly strong arm and can put the ball anywhere you need him to, and he can outrun most defenders with his great speed.
Another plus is that if the Bills would draft Newton, they would create a huge buzz around the team, something they've lacked for years, and would increase merchandise and ticket sales immediately. Coach Chan Gailey is also a whiz at getting the most out of his athletic QBs, and he would be an ideal fit for Newton, who could sit for a year behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and learn the playbook before taking over in 2012 or 2013.
However, there are some big question marks around Newton. His accuracy is questionable, despite completing a high percentage of his passes and his footwork and character issues cannot be ignored. He just seems to rub some people the wrong way.
It is likely that the Bills could take Newton at No. 3, but it is far from a sure thing