In the NFL Draft, one can only evaluate how the pick turned out several years down the road. Some later picks end up lighting up multiple Super Bowls, while others taken early end up setting their respective franchises back a number of years.
Cam Newton was selected first overall by the Carolina Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft, and he is believed to be the man who will bring hope to the franchise and will help the team win their first NFC Championship since 2003.
Will the story play out that way?
Down the road, the risk and reward of this pick will be measured. For now, let us take a look at 10 other picks that may have been risky at the time (for more reasons than one), but have provided success and admiration for their careers, their team and the rest of the NFL.