Posted by Rock Mayock 2:00AM from NYC Round 1 of the 2011 NFL Draft is in the books. Needless to say, there were some moves this afternoon that left your boy Rock Mayock, as well as many other talent scouts and front office shaking our heads. Here are my top 5 WTF moves of the day.
1. Cam Newton Going #1 to the Panthers. As previously reported numerous times by FOOTBALLPHDS, Newton is a reach as a long term NFL prospect. Newton remains a run first QB who will be playing in a pass first league. Character issues, questionable accuracy and the lack of experience playing under center are major red flags. For all of you people who think that Newton should be #1 because he won a national championship and a Heisman, here is food for thought. Gino Torretta, Charlie Ward, Danny Wuerffel, Chris Weinke, Matt Leinart, and Tim Tebow all won a national championship and a Heisman Trophy. How did they pan out in the NFL? Newton going #1 to Panthers also means that I need to either get my eyes tested or I need to retake the lip reading class at the Learning Annex.
2. Atlanta Trading up to #6. We had Julio Jones as our #1 WR prospect in this draft class. What I find questionable is that Atlanta traded their first round, second round and fourth round picks in 2011 and first and fourth round picks in 2012. The Dirty Birds must be confident they are only one player away from the Super Bowl to mortgage the future like this.
3. Tennessee taking Jake Locker #8. The Titans need an upgrade at QB but Locker is way too raw to take at #8. While Locker is more of a pass first QB than Newton, he still runs way too much to last very long in the NFL. If Locker was really the Titans guy, the probably could have traded down to the bottom end of the first round or taken him in the second.
4. Minnesota taking Christian Ponder at #12. Hands down the biggest WTF moment of the day. The Vikings couldn’t keep Brett freaking Favre on his feet last season because their offensive line was so bad. So what did the Vikings do to get better? They draft a guy who had his arm fall off three times in college. Why would you draft a fragile QB and thrown him behind a crappy offensive?
5. Da’Quan Bowers is Still on the Board. Sure there are some questions about the integrity of his surgically repaired knee, but this kid has all of the talent and skill in the world. Some lucky team is going to get an absolute steal on Friday. Top 3 talent can be had for literally pennies on the dollar.