A lot of them don’t mean diddly-squat, but in probably half of the mock drafts that are out there, Auburn QB Cam Newton is a top-five pick.
But not in Nolan Nawrocki’s most recent mock at Pro Football Weekly.com, where he has the Redskins taking the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Newton at No. 10. In Pro Football Weekly’s “Scout’s Notebook 2011,” which is hot off the presses and a must-read for all draftniks, Nawrocki presents some compelling reasons why Newton shouldn’t even be taken that early.
While Nawrocki concedes Newton’s physical skills are immense, he still considers the Auburn QB a risky gamble on greatness.
Under “negatives" for Newton, Nawrocki writes: "Very disingenuous -- has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup. Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them. Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law -- does not command respect from teammates and will always struggle to win a locker room. … Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness -- is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example. Immature and has had issues with authority. Not dependable.”
That probably means Newton is a lock to go No. 4 to the Bengals, who have a history of rolling the dice on players with questionable character.
I wouldn’t touch Newton with a top-10 pick, especially when there are super-talented, low-risk players like Texas A&M LB Von Miller, LSU CB Patrick Peterson, Alabama DT Marcell Dareus and Georgia WR A.J. Green available.
But, you can make the case that at least seven of the first 10 teams on the clock April 28 need a quarterback, so Newton will probably be drafted far earlier than he should be.
Remember JaMarcus Russell?