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Rang: NFL Teams Split Heavily On 2011 Quarterback Class

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It's hardly a universal truth at this point, but a poll of seven NFL sources by Rob Rang indicates that there is still a big split in opinions on the 2011 NFL Draft quarterback class.

Rang explains that of the seven NFL sources he's communicated with since the Combine, four have Auburn junior Cam Newton atop their list of quarterbacks, while the remaining three rank Missouri junior Blaine Gabbert first. Six of the seven sources had Newton and Gabbert as the first two quarterbacks on their board; the seventh had Newton and, surprisingly, Arkansas junior Ryan Mallett, who was also listed third on three more lists.

Five of the seven sources told Rang that they thought it was likely that seven quarterbacks - Newton, Gabbert, Mallett, Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Colin Kaepernick and Andy Dalton - would be selected by the end of the third round. As noted in the report, that has not happened since 2006, and has only happened twice in the past 40 years.

It's an interesting report; be sure to check it out. With no consensus No. 1 quarterback this year, and with plenty of talented options to choose from, this might be a year where NFL teams focus more on personal preference than overall talent level.