One of the biggest stories of draft season was Pro Football Weekly draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki’s brutal scouting report on Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. Nawrocki accused Newton of possessing a “fake smile” and “enormous ego,” and being “disingenuous,” “scripted,” and “immature.”
Nawrocki, who relentlessly criticized Newton’s character despite having never met the player, insisted that Carolina was using its pre-draft interest in the 2010 Heisman winner as a springboard to get another team to trade into the No. 1 spot. Nawrocki said the Panthers’ target was Georgia receiver A.J. Green.
But Nawrocki gave in Thursday afternoon, just hours before the draft. His final mock has the Panthers taking … wait for it …
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.
And Green goes fourth to the Bengals.