Busted Cam: Why the Auburn QB Will Be a First-Round Flop in the 2011 NFL Draft

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Busted Cam: Why the Auburn QB Will Be a First-Round Flop in the 2011 NFL Draft
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#9 Cam Newton, getting sacked by Oregon's Casey Matthews in the 2011 National Championship game

When you think of a quarterback, you think of a general, a leader.  A quarterback is someone who is the face of his team, and ultimately leads his team to victory each and every Sunday. 

In the NFL, there have been numerous drafts in which top-flight college quarterbacks such as Fresno State's David Carr (Houston Texans), Georgia's Quincy Carter (Dallas Cowboys), Miami's Ken Dorsey (San Francisco) and, most notably, Washington State's Ryan Leaf (San Diego Chargers) have been high draft picks and had high expectations, but have ultimately failed to meet them and thus have earned the dreaded "bust" label.

Cameron Newton, the heralded quarterback from the BCS national champion Auburn Tigers, is projected to be a top 15 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and he has been the subject of some controversy as his father, Cecil, has been named in allegations that he sacrificed his son's NCAA eligibility by soliciting cash from Kenny Rogers in return for Cam's commitment to Mississippi State, as his former offensive coordinator at Florida, Dan Mullen had become MSU's head coach. 

Newton was suspended by the NCAA, and then was reinstated the following day because the NCAA had no concrete evidence that any wrongdoing was committed by Auburn or Newton.

Am I buying the fact that just because Newton and the Tigers dominated the country en route to a convincing 22-19 victory over the No. 1 Oregon Ducks in Glendale, Arizona that he is going to be a solid NFL quarterback? Not so fast. 

Here are five reasons as to why Newton will not join the list of "all-pro" college quarterbacks:

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