12. Cam Newton
Amidst the questions of potential off-the-field transgressions that surrounded his one year at Auburn University, many NFL teams started to see Cam Newton as an evolutionary Steve McNair: a rocket-armed quarterback who was built like a defensive end but moved like a big wide receiver. The #1 overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 4,000 yards in a season, and remains the only rookie to throw for 4,000 yards and run for 700 yards in the same season.
In 2015, Newton was named the league’s MVP after accounting for a whopping 45 total touchdowns that year, and leading the Panthers to the Super Bowl.