Kiper: Newton, Gabbert bad values early

March, 20, 2011
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ESPN draft deity Mel Kiper rates Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert and Auburn quarterback Cam Newton the 11th and 12th best players in this year's draft class.

But he projects Gabbert being the first overall selection of the Carolina Panthers and Newton the fourth selection for Cincinnati Bengals.

So what gives?

Kiper explained he thinks those teams will draft quarterbacks, but that doesn't mean the value is there.

"I'm not as high on those two as I think teams in the league are," Kiper said. "I think there's a wide range of opinion on players, but in terms of the two quarterbacks, a lot of opinions all over the place.

"I think both have a lot of potential and a lot of intrigue. But there are concerns with both Gabbert and Newton."

Kiper also wrote an ESPN Insider column on the worst quarterback busts since he got into the draft analysis biz. None of the 13 was selected by an AFC East club, although Joey Harrington eventually started for the Miami Dolphins.

If the Buffalo Bills draft Gabbert or Newton next month, do you think either of them could supplant anyone on Kiper's list?

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