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Cam Newton doesn’t make Mike Mayock’s Top 20

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NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock says he wouldn’t take Auburn quarterback Cam Newton with the first pick in the draft. Or a Top 10 pick. Or even a Top 20 pick.

Mayock is counting down his Top 32 players in the draft today, and Newton checks in at No. 21.

“I believe in this kid. I believe in him as an athlete, I believe in his arm strength, but I don’t believe he’s in the top 10,” Mayock writes. “He’s got top-10 ability, but he’s a developmental prospect. As a general manager, I would be comfortable taking him somewhere in the 20s.”

Somewhere in the 20s is a whole lot lower than just about every mock draft has Newton going. In fact, there seems to be a lot of momentum for the idea that when Roger Goodell announces the first pick on April 28, he’s going to call Newton’s name. But what makes Newton so intriguing as a prospect is that no one has any idea whether he’s the league’s next great quarterback, or whether he’s going to set the team that takes him back.

At 21, Mayock has Newton one spot below Washington quarterback Jake Locker, whom Mayock says also has Top 10 ability but holes in his game.

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25 Responses to “Cam Newton doesn’t make Mike Mayock’s Top 20”
  1. mike83ri says: Mar 11, 2011 4:02 PM

    Tim Tebow did it longer, was a model citizen, is a true proven leader, won twice as many national championships, and the Broncos were crucified for taking him at the end of the first round.

    Cam Newton thinks he’s an icon and entertain, cheats on tests, steals laptops, shakes down colleges for money, and passed for far less than Tim Tebow.

    And don’t give me crap about throwing mechanics. Philip Rivers throws like a girl and seems to be doing just fine.

  2. 4evrnyt says: Mar 11, 2011 4:03 PM

    Mayock is being totally unrealistic and only shows that he is totally unreliable for serious draft predictions.

    Yes, in the big picture perfect world type of scheme, general managers would pass on this kid until later in the draft because he’s a 2-3 year project with a ton of upside. But this is the NFL and I can promise everything that I own that one of the teams that needs a QB is going to move into the top ten and draft this kid.

    I guess I could possibly give Mayock credit for sticking to his “principles” with this prediction but the bottom line is it just makes him clueless.

  3. hobartbaker says: Mar 11, 2011 4:08 PM

    The odds of Newton becoming a great quarterback are pretty small. He doesn’t process quickly enough. That isn’t something you can change.

  4. thingamajig says: Mar 11, 2011 4:12 PM

    Buyer beware.

  5. marty2019 says: Mar 11, 2011 4:19 PM

    I think I would take Jake Locker over Cam Newton. Cam Newton seems very immature. I’m not sure he has the dedication to become a good pro quarterback.

  6. zn0rseman says: Mar 11, 2011 4:20 PM

    The franchise the drafts this guy will be set back least 5 years. That said, the Vikings haven’t drafted a pass-first QB in the first two rounds since Tommy Kramer in 1977. All of the early QB draft picks have been black, scramble-first QB’s that were “developmental” in some fashion. So, if history is any indicator. Cam Newton will be the new Tavaris Jackson at pick 12.

  7. EJ says: Mar 11, 2011 4:21 PM

    I don’t believe Newton is in the top 10, but 21? Thats a little out there…

    Also, Locker before Newton… A joke.

  8. mike83ri says: Mar 11, 2011 4:24 PM

    This was not a mock draft guys, read the story again. He ranked his top 32 players. This just means he thinks there are 20 players better than Newton. That being said Newton is a quarterback. If you actually watch the video, he even says he thinks he’ll be drafted sooner than this.

    Mayock knows his stuff.

  9. prmpft says: Mar 11, 2011 4:27 PM

    …and i’ll bet the same can be said in reverse…

  10. expatpatfan says: Mar 11, 2011 4:31 PM

    Finally, someone makes sense! There isn’t a single QB in this draft class worth taking (and paying) in the top 5. Gabbert might be somewhere in the 6-10 range, but that’s about it. It’s the premier position in the league and analysts would rather talk about QBs than the differences between a 5-technique DE and a OLB in a 3-4 defense. The idea that Newton is a top 5 pick is entirely the result of the media hype machine. I’m not saying he’s going to be terrible, but to invest the kind of money that gets thrown at a top 5 QB, you need a much better, and bigger, body of work to evaluate.

  11. mattsffrd says: Mar 11, 2011 4:32 PM

    bust

  12. p4ck3r5 says: Mar 11, 2011 4:35 PM

    Fast forward I wanna see how he does. He’s either going to be good and all the doubters will make excuses or he’s going to suck and the the ones who doubted him are going to say I told you so. I’m not going to say he’s good or bad yet. Everybody deserves to get a chance to prove themselves. I wouldnt be surprise if he does alright in the nfl but i wont be surprise if he sucks too. lets get this season started!

  13. cytofed says: Mar 11, 2011 4:37 PM

    Listen to lord Mayock he said the same thing about jabustcus Russell a few years back when every one was high on his best proforance of combine history. Mr. Moyock should leave his NFL network an NFL team.

  14. Deb says: Mar 11, 2011 4:50 PM

    Mayock is absolutely right. Newton has had one year in a simplified spread offense. And he showed a lot of immaturity at the Combine by blaming receivers for his poor throwing. He’s an exceptional athlete, and I’ve heard he has a great work ethic, but he’ll need work before he’s prepared to lead an NFL offense. You don’t pay high first-round money to a guy who’s going to be taking a back seat for a while.

    mike83ri …

    While I agree with Mayock about Newton, that doesn’t mean Denver should have moved up to take Tebow. He’s another exceptional athlete with tremendous leadership skills and a great work ethic. But that mechanics issues is a significant problem. No matter how hard he works on it, he still seems to revert to it when he’s under pressure. And he tends to run when he should make additional reads. Rivers may throw “like a girl” but does he wind up in a way that allows oncoming defenders an extra two steps to reach him? That’s Tebow’s problem.

  15. sdchargers25 says: Mar 11, 2011 4:53 PM

    Clay Matthews wasnt in Mike Mayocks top 20 either….
    shows how much he knows.

  16. seaner44 says: Mar 11, 2011 5:00 PM

    4evrnyt says: Mar 11, 2011 4:03 PM

    Mayock is being totally unrealistic and only shows that he is totally unreliable for serious draft predictions.

    Yes, in the big picture perfect world type of scheme, general managers would pass on this kid until later in the draft because he’s a 2-3 year project with a ton of upside. But this is the NFL and I can promise everything that I own that one of the teams that needs a QB is going to move into the top ten and draft this kid.

    I guess I could possibly give Mayock credit for sticking to his “principles” with this prediction but the bottom line is it just makes him clueless.

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    just because he will be taken in the top 15 doesn’t make him a top 15 player

  17. hobartbaker says: Mar 11, 2011 5:12 PM

    Tebow had better numbers than Bradford if you extrapollate his 3 starts over a season. At 1/5 the cost in salary and draft chart value.

  18. midwestbig10 says: Mar 11, 2011 5:19 PM

    Mayock also said he wouldn’t take Jamarcus Russell in the first round.. What a moron eh?

  19. p4ck3r5 says: Mar 11, 2011 5:32 PM

    You guys suck, packers are champs hahahah

  20. drednot says: Mar 11, 2011 5:59 PM

    Mayock’s right!!! There’s NO QB in this year’s draft worthy of being drafted in the first round!!!

  21. schmitty2 says: Mar 11, 2011 6:02 PM

    He talks about being an entertainer and icon and had ONE good year as a QB. This is a recipe for trouble!

  22. commandercornpone says: Mar 11, 2011 6:28 PM

    newton has character issues and hasnt actually done squat at the college level.

    slash, at best.

  23. thefiesty1 says: Mar 11, 2011 6:28 PM

    It really doesn’t matter when he is drafted. He will struggle in any pro style offense. So, whoever takes him will have a project at best. Most likely a bust.

  24. Canyonero says: Mar 11, 2011 6:59 PM

    In Mayock we Trust

  25. fretme13 says: Apr 26, 2011 2:49 PM

    I understand where Mayock is coming from in that Newton doesn’t merit first round status by most
    or all NFL GM’s standards, however the point he
    seems to be missing is that this is about where he quite possibly could be drafted by some anxious GM or Owner and not about where he should be drafted.

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