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2011 NFL Draft: Cam Newton Leaving Auburn To Begin Professional Career

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As expected by everyone on earth, Auburn Tigers QB Cam Newton has announced he’ll forego his senior season to enter the 2011 NFL Draft. Newton is expected to be a first-round pick, though draft heads aren’t quite sure whether to put him in the top-five or the bottom half of the first.

Newton:

This decision was difficult for me and my family. After talking to Coach Chizik and Coach Malzahn, I think it is best that I make that next step in my career and forgo my senior season and enter the NFL Draft. It was a very hard decision for me, especially after coming off the great season we had at Auburn.

The former JUCO star and Atlanta native led Auburn to the 2011 BCS National Championship Game and the school’s first national title in over half a century, winning the Heisman Trophy and just about every other award a quarterback can win.

This year’s draft is even more of a seller’s market for a quarterback like Newton than it was a couple weeks ago, with presumed No. 1 pick Andrew Luck committing to Stanford for another year.