Coming off an injury-shortened season at Oklahoma, Sam Bradford became the NFL's first overall pick in the 2010 draft. The rookie quarterback salvaged his first season in an NFL uniform, throwing for 3,512 yards and 18 touchdowns, and nearly leading the St. Louis Rams to their first postseason since the 2004 season. After his first year in St. Louis, the Rams knew they made the right choice in selecting Bradford.
Now back to present day...
Carolina made quarterback Cam Newton 2011's first overall pick after his majestic season at Auburn. The highly-controversial quarterback threw for 30 touchdowns, ran for 20, won the Heisman and led the Tigers to a national title.
So will Carolina be as satisfied as St. Louis?
Will Newton succeed as a NFL quarterback?
And will Newton have a better rookie season than Bradford did in 2010?
Here are some reasons why Cam Newton could have a better rookie year than the previous No. 1 selection, Sam Bradford.