NFL Rookie Watch: Cam Newton
Some have called it the greatest single-season performance in college football history. What Auburn's Cam Newton achieved last season is remarkable -- a Heisman, a national title, and one of the most ridiculous statlines ever recorded by a quarterback.
But not long after Newton's star arrived he chose to leave campus for greener pastures; in April, Carolina made the 6-foot-5, 248-pound passer the first player selected in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Can Auburn's miracle worker turn around a franchise that won just two games last fall? Probably not, but the real question -- the question fantasy owners care about -- is whether Newton can shake and bake his way to big numbers. First he must win the starting job, but that seems a mere formality (most believe it will happen a few weeks into the season, if not right away).
The obvious comparison would be Tim Tebow (big, athletically-gifted), but Tebow played sparingly as a rookie (just four appearances); Newton should see plenty of action.
Somebody in your draft is going to be attracted to Newton's supreme athleticism and overpay for his services. Do yourself a favor and let that person be somebody other than you.