NFL Draft 2011: Is Drafting Cam Newton Ahead of Jake Locker a Mistake?

March 6, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

With his impressive performance this season, Cam Newton has launched himself towards the top of many teams draft boards. He is not a polished NFL prospect but his great athleticism has teams drooling over the thought of getting their hands on him.The current obsession with Cam Newton has made me wonder; when did everyone forget about Jake Locker?
Locker and Newton are both going to be projects, so why is Newton more highly regarded? Lets look at a comparison of the two players.
Newton: 6'5" 248lbs 9 7/8" hands. 4.59 40 yard dash, 35" vertical, 10'6" broad jump, 6.92 cone drill, 4.18 20 yard shuttle
Locker: 6'3" 231lbs 9 5/8" hands. 4.59 40 yard dash, 35" vertical, 10" broad jump 6.77 cone drill, 4.12 20 yard shuttle
As you can see by their combine measurements, both QBs have big arms and are athletic. So what in the last year has vaulted Newton so far ahead of Locker? I think the answer is that Cam Newton led his team to a national championship and much like Ti...

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