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Scouts Inc. Rates Cam 84, Tied for 10th Best QB in NFL

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It's an ESPN Insider link, so here's the text:

Newton silenced his critics with a great rookie season. He has all the physical tools you want in a quarterback: size, speed, arm strength, escape ability and physical strength. He is huge and has the kind of foot speed and quickness to avoid the rush, extend the pocket and make a good throw on the move. He needs some work on refining his mechanics when he does not have time to set his feet under him, but he has enough of an arm to make all the throws without getting set. He needs to work on going through all of his progressions and hitting the most open receiver; he will tend to force the ball now and then. With normal progression he should develop into an elite quarterback who can carry a team.

By comparison, Aaron Rodgers is rated a 97, Payton Manning is 90, Tony Romo is 85, and Matt Stafford is also at 84. Matty Ice is 83 along with Vick.

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No problem with Cam being the 10th or so best currently. Improve upon last season and I can see him making the push for Top 5 territory next season. Limit the high throws, improve decision making a little more, and we are looking at a Top 3 kind of guy IMO.

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Is the ratings system a 100 point scale?

Kind of.

Scouts Inc. has developed its own grading scale to better distinguish players of similar abilities in the NFL. Below is a breakdown of that scale and a glossary of the alerts Scouts uses to flag players with specific concerns.

100-90: Elite Player

Player demonstrates rare abilities and can create mismatches that have an obvious impact on the game ... Premier NFL player who has all the skills to consistently play at a championship level ... Rates as one of the top players in the league at his position.

89-80: Outstanding Player

Player has abilities to create mismatches versus most opponents in the NFL ... A feature player who has an impact on the outcome of the game ... Cannot be shut down by a single player and plays on a consistent level week-in and week-out.

79-70: Good Starter

Solid starter who is close to being an outstanding player ... Has few weaknesses and will usually win his individual matchup but does not dominate in every game, especially when matched up against the top players in the league.

69-60: Average Starter

A valuable roster player but is not dominant against the better players he faces on a week-to-week basis... Gives great effort and you are glad that he is on your team, but he may or may not go to the next level.

59- 50: Good Backup

A player who is on the bubble and starts only because of a deficiency at the position ... He lacks complete overall skills, and although he will battle he will hinder his team's ability to play at a championship level if he is forced to be in the starting lineup consistently over a 16-game season ... A player you don't mind having on your team but someone you are always looking to upgrade.

49-40: Below Average Backup/Core Special Teamers

Strictly a backup player who is not capable of starting ... If he is forced to start he is no more than a short-term fix ... He may make the team because of special teams contributions or experience ... A player you are always looking to upgrade as he will always be a borderline roster guy.

30: Rookie -- Post-draft

No professional tape to evaluate ... Will have a college report but will not get an NFL grade until the spring after his rookie season ... Will carry the 30 grade throughout his first NFL season.

20: Developmental Player

A player with very little film to evaluate ... A guy who might show "flashes" in the preseason but does not have any regular-season views ... He has very little experience but he has to be tracked due to his developmental potential.

10: Evaluation in Process -- Need More Information

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just out of curiosity, what is The Golden Calf of Bristol?

69. There's a virginity joke in there somewhere.

The Golden Calf of Bristol is an excellent athlete with good size and adequate arm strength. He is a better athlete than a pure quarterback. He is an outstanding runner and can improvise effectively out of the pocket. His accuracy has been inconsistent, but he is an instinctive player who can make plays with both his legs and his arm when protection breaks down. The Golden Calf of Bristol has outstanding leadership qualities but is still a work in progress.

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Also, where is Luck?

Thanks for Posting

Luck and RG3 won't get ratings until next year. Rookies are all rated a 30 only. That's why I posted this, since it's Cam's first rating from Scouts, Inc.

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I'll take it. When was the last time the the panthers had a qb in the top 20 let alone a qb in the top 10 so yeah I'll take it.

I still could not imagine what it would be like if we took the DT in the draft instead of cam so for that we thank you Marty.

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