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According to former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, Carolina Panthers triggerman Cam Newton is an average quarterback with above-average talent.
Jaworski, affably known as "Jaws," has been ranking all 32 starting quarterbacks on ESPN's Jaws' QB Countdown as football fans eagerly await the NFL season.
Jaworski ranked Newton the 15th best quarterback in the league, citing a lack of experience as the main reason that the second-year pro didn't make his top 10.
// > "From a skillset standpoint, Newton could easily rank higher than 15 on my big board. He's a top-10 talent," Jaworski said. "He needs more snaps. One year is not enough. But I can't wait to see him in a few months."
Jaworski also cited Newton's ability as a pocket passer – not a runner – as why he ranked Newton 'so high' as a rookie.
"No one is a great quarterback in the NFL because of the way they run," Jaworski added. "While Cam Newton is certainly a spectacular athlete, that's not why he's No. 15 on my big board after his rookie season. He played very well from the pocket. I saw it Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals. This was the second series of the game. It was 3rd and 7. Newton recognized the blitz, and he changed the protection to account for it."
Here are rankings 15-30 of Jaws' QB Countdown. Quarterbacks 1-14 have not been revealed yet.
30. Tim Tebow – New York Jets
29. Blaine Gabbert – Jacksonville Jaguars
28. Christian Ponder – Minnesota Vikings
27. Matt Flynn – Seattle Seahwaks
26. Matt Moore – Miami Dolphins
25. Kevin Kolb – Arizona Cardinals
24. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills
23. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets
22. Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs
21. Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders
20. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams
19. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals
18. Matt Hasselbeck – Tennessee Titans
17. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16. Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers
15. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers
Read more of Jaws' analysis of Cam Newton here.
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