The 2011 Rookie Report Cards
Now that the season is over I think it's only right that we grade each rookie on their overall season and see how Rivera, Hurney and co did on their first draft post-Fox.
Cam Newton QB
Passing- 310/517, 4051 yds, 21 tds - 17 ints
Rushing- 126/706, 5.6 avg, 14 tds
Records: All time Rookie passing record (Manning), All time rushing TDs by QB
- Rivera and Hurney saw something in Cam that nobody else did. Most scouts, fans and GMs thought we were crazy to take him #1 and he proved us all wrong by a longshot. Cam will go down as one of, if not the best rookie QB ever and for the first time in franchise history it looks like we finally have a legitimate franchise QB.
Terrell McClain DT
Tackles- 19 com, 13 total, 6 ast
Sione Fua DT
Tackles- 9 com, 4 total, 5 ast
QB Pressures- 1
- Both of these guys showed small glimses of hope, but overall a very underwhelming season for both players. When you double dip on the same position in the 3rd round without a 2nd round pick you expect production from at least one of these guys. Were they thrown to the wolves by being forced to start from the Arizona game? Maybe, but so was Cam and it didn't seem to hinder him at all. They need to put on some weight imo for them to develop into solid players. They both struggle to get off blocks consistently, especially Fua.
Brandon Hogan CB
Tackles- 3 com, 2 total, 1 ast
- It took him longer to recover from that injury than most of us expected. Only was able to play in two games and looked ok in both. With no stats to really grade him on and no full body of work throughout the season he gets an incomplete from me. I just hope he is fully healthy by the start of 2012 we need as much depth at CB as possible.
Kealoha Pilares WR
N/A at WR
ST- 23 Ret, 590 yds, 25.7 avg, 1 td
- Showed promise in the preseason at WR on that TD from Anderson, but had no playing time at WR throughout the season. He did however make his mark on ST where he finally ended that long streak of no ST tds. It looks like we have our KR problems solved and thats enough to give the guy a B in my book.
As for the last 3 guys:
Lawrence Wilson- F
Zach Williams- I
Lee Ziemba- C
Overall Grade: A-
If it wasn't for Cam this draft would have been a major flop, but the goal was to find a franchise QB and we did just that so it gets an A- from me. I like what we have in Pilares, but if Hogan and the DTs don't produce next season I have to start questioning Hurney's abillity to judge talent in the middle rounds. It's not just this year either we all know what happened with Armanti Edwards. Lets just hope he keeps hitting on his 1st round picks like he has with Cam.