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Among quarterbacks, Cam Newton of Auburn remains the hot name as draft day approaches. As he's continued to be linked to the Bills, I wanted to get opinions from Dan Kadar (Mocking the Draft) on a couple of pressing issues.
First and foremost, I asked Kadar to pick one of Newton's many concerns as his biggest. Kadar skipped right past all of the off-field stuff and the character issues and landed on his ability, or lack thereof, to learn an NFL playbook.
"Newton showed it to an extent on that ESPN show with Jon Gruden," Kadar said. "It's hard to feel confident in his football intelligence."
Kadar, like so many, firmly believes that Newton is nowhere near ready to play professionally.
"I know that Auburn didn't run a pro-style scheme, but he should still have the ability to break down the intricacies of a play," Kadar said. "That's why whatever team drafts Newton is either going to have to let him sit for a year, or scale back their offense drastically."
I was also curious as to Kadar's thoughts on why there's so much more hype over Newton as opposed to his chief top-of-the-draft counterpart, Blaine Gabbert.
"Pure athletic ability," Kadar theorized. "His arm is stronger, he's bigger, he's faster. If you create a quarterback in Madden, he probably has Cam Newton's attributes. He's stupid gifted. But that's the only way I'd consider him superior to Gabbert."
Kadar then felt compelled to address the idea that Newton is a better fit for Buffalo than Gabbert, which he rather vehemently disagrees with.
"The idea, though, that Buffalo should take Newton over Gabbert if they go QB is absurd," Kadar opined. "The idea is that Newton can spin a ball through bad weather better. How many truly bad windy/heavy snow games are played a year? Four? Six tops? Also, it's not like Missouri has sparkling weather. Gabbert can get the ball through poor weather just fine. That's one of the more overblown, ridiculous notions that has developed this offseason and why I can't wait for the process to conclude."