We've already inspected the first mock drafts from Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, so let's go outside the company for a moment. Don Banks from SI.com is a man who will release at least 17 mock drafts in the coming weeks. And here's his first edition:
9. Dallas Cowboys: DE/DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama
19. New York Giants: OT Tyron Smith, USC
23. Philadelphia Eagles: G/C Mike Pouncey, Florida
What did Banks write about Newton?
"A consensus seems to be forming for Newton to land in Washington, where Mike Shanahan and Co. will undertake his transition into a pro-style passing game," he writes. "I guess I can buy that, although drafting a second Auburn first-round quarterback in the span of six years (Jason Campbell, 2005) might make some Redskins fans nervous. Shanahan was thought to be very high on Washington quarterback Jake Locker last year at this time, so don't rule out the ex-Husky if he continues to bounce back from a rough senior season."
From what I'm hearing, it would be a real stretch for the Skins to take Locker at No. 10. And he hasn't helped himself at the Senior Bowl this week.