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Will Newton repeat 2011 success?

Updated: July 13, 2012, 9:05 AM ET
By Christopher Harris | ESPN.com

I remember sitting around in the ESPN cafeteria early in 2011 pondering the NFL draft. My colleagues and I had recently seen Jon Gruden's QB Camp featuring Cam Newton, who didn't exactly cover himself in glory on that program. Yet the Carolina Panthers were still believed to be locked in on Newton -- a Heisman winner who had the stench of collegiate scandal on him -- for the No. 1 overall pick.

I led the chorus: There was no question Newton had athletic talent to burn, but he had ...

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