Quarterbacks under combine microscope

February, 25, 2011
2/25/11
12:23
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Auburn quarterback Cam Newton announced last week he would do all the throwing drills at the NFL scouting combine.

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay, here with us at Lucas Oil Stadium, gave his take on how Newton's decision has impacted what other quarterbacks do at the combine.

McShay noted Missouri's Blaine Gabbert and Florida State's Christian Ponder aren't following Newton's lead and will not throw. But eight of the last 12 first-round quarterbacks didn't throw at the combine either.

McShay considers this year's quarterback crop to be bountiful, although without a surefire opening day starter. Still, he predicted eight quarterbacks could be taken within the first two rounds: Newton, Gabbert, Ponder, Washington's Jake Locker, Iowa's Ricky Stanzi, TCU's Andrew Dalton, Nevada's Colin Kaepernick and Arkansas' Ryan Mallett.

Mallett is under the most scrutiny of the QB class over growing concerns over ambiguous character issues.

The Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins are the likeliest AFC East teams to pick a quarterback early.

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