1. Carolina Panthers – Cameron Newton QB Auburn Analysis: If there is one thing that the Panthers needed, it is a franchise quarterback who can be the face of the franchise, and Cam Newton without a doubt fits the bill. Newton has some of the best physical skills that the draft has ever seen, with the production to back it up. With a good offensive line and run game, Newton has some weapons to work with, though wide receiver needs to be upgraded. However, despite all of Newton’s physical gifts, he has many question marks. There is obviously the huge controversy over Newton’s father accepting money in return for Newton attending Auburn. Newton was also caught cheating multiple times while he was at Florida, and was also arrested for being in possession of a stolen laptop. Newton also played in an offense where his decision making was limited and he Keep Reading…
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Cam Newton – QB – Auburn Von Miller – OLB – Texas A&M Marcell Dareus – DT – Alabama AJ Green – WR – Georgia Patrick Peterson – CB – LSU Julio Jones – WR – Alabama Blaine Gabbert – QB – Missouri Jake Locker – QB – Washington Tyron Smith – OT – USC Cameron Jordan – DE – California Aldon Smith – DE – Missouri Robert Quinn – DE – North Carolina Prince Amukamara – CB – Nebraska Nick Fairley – DT – Auburn Mike Pouncey – OG/C – Florida Ryan Kerrigan – DE – Purdue
Position: OG School: Villanova Height: 6’3 5/8" Weight: 317 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 5.20 All-Star Game: None Team Captain: No Draft Projection: 2nd – 3rd Round
Despite starting four years at left tackle, Ijalana is viewed as a project along the offensive line. Ijalana will likely be drafted to play either right tackle or guard, and will find his success as a road grading lineman regardless of which position he plays. His strength and run blocking abilities make him one of the draft’s best power linemen. Despite not projecting to left tackle, Ijalana could be drafted as early as the 2nd round. The former Wildcat would was unable to participate, and possibly raise his stock, in both the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine due to a hernia. If he is able to improve on a few technical flaws, Ijalana could become a Keep Reading…
Position: QB School: Arkansas Height: 6’6 3/4" Weight: 253 lbs Class: RS-Junior 40 time: – All-Star Game: n/a Team Captain: No Draft Projection: Late 1st – Early 2nd Round
Mallett possesses one of the strongest arms in all of football, and has nearly unlimited upside. However, the former Razorback is extremely raw and needs refining in many areas of his game. Bobby Petrino’s offensive scheme allowed Mallett to make many short, simple throws with few reads and Mallett will need to adjust to an NFL offense upon being drafted. With his enormous potential, Mallett could be a late first round pick, but character concerns and erratic accuracy will likely drop him into the second round.
In 2010, Mallett’s decision making struggled despite a relatively simple offensive scheme. At times he forced the ball into coverage too much and threw a Keep Reading…
Wes Stueve brings you his second mock draft, where he breaks down how he thinks things would shake out if the season ended today in our "Way Too Early" mock draft series.
1. Carolina Panthers AJ Green – WR – Georgia*
With only the 31-year-old Steve Smith at wide receiver, the Panthers are in need of some more weapons to help out former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Dwayne Jarrett was released after a second DUI arrest, and while a good player, Smith is not good enough to make up an entire receiving corps. Green is a great vertical threat with excellent leaping ability and athleticism. Likely the best receiving prospect since Calvin Johnson, Green is unlikely to fall out of the top five picks. 2. Buffalo Bills Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford*
Buffalo lacks a face of the franchise and anything to truly get Keep Reading…