Wes Stueve

Round 1 Analysis

May 1, 2011

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 (read more…)

Wes Stueve FINAL Mock Draft 2011

April 28, 2011

Just made it!


  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  

Scouting Report: Ben Ijalana

April 27, 2011

Ben Ijalana


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 (read more…)

Scouting Report: Ryan Mallett

February 25, 2011

Ryan Mallett


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.


Decision Making

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 (read more…)

“Way Too Early” Mock Draft – Nov. 1st

November 3, 2010

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 (read more…)

“Way too early” Mock Draft 4.0

October 2, 2010

New writer Wes Stueve gets his feet wet with his first mock draft for Draft Breakdown. Wes breaks down how he thinks things would shake out if the season ended today in our "Way Too Early" mock draft series.

1. Buffalo Bills Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford*

For years, the Bills have been helpless at quarterback. It isn’t necessarily due to lack of effort; they have used several high picks on the position. Buffalo has a few playmakers on offense in C.J. Spiller, Marshawn Lynch and Lee Evans, but lack a quarterback to get them the ball. Luck is being talked about by some as the best quarterback prospect in the past decade. With a combination of excellent accuracy, arm strength and smarts, he is nearly a perfect prospect. 2. Cleveland Browns Jake Locker – QB – Washington

One could argue that there has been (read more…)

Separating the Quarterbacks

September 29, 2010

Even in the early stages of preparation for the 2011 NFL Draft, a quarterback battle is waging. In contrast to last year’s draft, where there was only two quarterbacks selected in the first round, there appear to be three players vying for the number one spot. After showing tremendous progress in his first year under Steve Sarkisian at Washington, Jake Locker was already slated as the number one quarterback, and likely the first pick of the 2011 draft before play even started this season. However, a combination of disappointing play by Locker and the continuing emergence of Andrew Luck and Ryan Mallett have sprung a debate. Locker brings incredible athleticism, as well as prototypical size and ability to the table. At 6’3” 226, Locker is rumored to run a 40-yard-dash time in a staggering 4.5 seconds. Adding to his athletic prowess, Locker was drafted in the 10th round of the (read more…)