This draft class of 2011 was suppose to be the year of the QB. And it didn't disapoint with 4 QB's taken in just the first 12 picks. The suprising part is Newton (supposedly a one hit wonder by some critics) and Dalton (largely ignored by the national media) have been the rising stars of the draft class. While as the more celebrated names (Locker, Ponder) have been mostly silent. Here is a closer look and evaluation from a fan, you guys chime in and critique.
Cam Newton. 1st round. 1st overall pick. 14# in completion %. 7# in yards. Tied for 19# in TD's. 3# in NFL in MOST interceptions. 81.1 QB Rating. While Newton perhaps had the most critics of any QB in the draft, they have been largely silenced. He is athletic and has shown to be more of a passer then most expected. I personally would give him a B- My reasoning for this despite the gaudy yards stat and rushing capability, he has thrown many interceptions and made bad decions in the 4th quarter with games on the line. His supporters claim his doesn't have enough help. That is BS. He has Pro-Bowl WR Steve Smith and Pro-Bowl TE Jeremy Shockey and star TE Greg Olson.
Jake Locker. 1st round. 8th overall pick. Has only attempted 21 passes and doesn't qualify for league stats. However he sports a 47.6% comp. rate with 2 TD's and 0 INTs. Nashville is evenly split over those in favor of allowing Locker to study behind Hassleback, and those in favor of starting him. He has looked ok in the 3 games he played, but nothing spectacular. I give him a C, mainly because we haven't seen much of him.
Blaine Gabbert. 1st round. 10th overall pick. 33# in comp %. 29# in yards. Tied for 29# in TDs. Tied for 28th in Ints. 62.2 QB Rating. Gabbert has been a massive let down so far in J-town. Still he has alot of fans and local support that paint him as a victim. But the truth is he looks uncomfortable under center, his passes aren't accurate, and he is 5th in the NFL in sacks. Most of them are his fault as his pocket presence is zero. I give him an F+ My reasoning for this being despite having a Pro-Bowl TE, a speedy reciever and MJD in the backfield, he still continues to stink. He messes up the easiest passes within 5 yds, and will go down as the biggest bust of the entire draft.
Christian Ponder. 1st round. 12th overall pick. 31# in comp. % 32# in yards. Tied for 29# in TD. Tied for 28th in Ints. 72.6 QB rating. Ponder was heavinly thought to be a "reach" in the draft. And he probably was. However despite lackluster stats he has managed to be sacked just 22# in the NFL, and has shown poise in the pocket. What's dragging him down is his accuracy which has been terrible. Still he looks like a leader on the field, and makes good decisions for the most part. I give him a C-
Andy Dalton. 2nd round. 35th overall pick. 22# in comp. %. 16# in yards. 11# for TDs. 7# in INTs. 81.8 QB rating. Despite largely ignored by the national media leading up to the draft, Dalton has managed to throw as many TD's as Phillip Rivers, and is doing it with zero Pro-Bowlers. His numbers are still snubbed by some critics who are amazed by Newton, but yet Newton can't bring his team to victory despite a stacked offense. Dalton on the other hand has not much to work with if you take Green out of the equation. I give him an A- The minus was due to the amount of Interceptions he has thrown, but several of those game with AJ Green didn't play.