From CBSSports.com by Pete Prisco:
Best pick: Third-round defensive tackle Sione Fua is a power player who will help at a position of dire need.
Questionable move: Taking Cam Newton with the first pick in the draft after taking Jimmy Clausen last year. Newton is a very high risk-reward prospect.
Third-day gem: Sixth-round linebacker Lawrence Wilson was a productive player at Connecticut who will add speed to the linebacker group.
Analysis: Their draft will be defined by Newton. If he becomes a star, this will be a nice draft. If he busts, heads will roll. I like the pick of two defensive tackles after the Newton pick.
Kiper just gave us a grade. It's Insider only, but here's the jist:
Reached for Newton as he was 15 on the big board, but have to be intrigued by him. He has a high ceiling. But the draft was about more than Newton... Filled needs at CB, DT, and WR. Now have to decide who starts.
Needs: C+ Value: C- Overall: C
I think that Prisco is right. This draft is defined by Newton. How he does in the next couple years may very well decide Hurney's fate as our GM. It's pretty clear Kiper is still convinced Newton won't matter because Jimmy will ride in on a white horse (probably with Kiper seated behind him) to save our franchise.
Edited by mav1234, 01 May 2011 - 11:21 AM.