5. Cam Newton (2014)
Even though it was difficult to ignore his checkered past and “pay for play” allegations, teams with a “glass half full” perspective on Cam Newton believed he could be a “Steve McNair 2.0”-type of quarterback.
From a physical talent perspective, calling him “unique” would be an understatement, considering he would have one of the strongest arms in the NFL the day he walked into the league, he ran the 40-yard dash in under 4.6 seconds, and weighing 248lbs, he was bigger than many of the outside linebackers who were paid to hunt quarterbacks like Newton.
It certainly helped, of course, that Newton was the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and led the Auburn University Tigers to a National Championship during his lone season at Auburn.