When it comes to Newton, Nawrocki said that, despite the bad publicity surrounding him, he has more than his share of loyalists and supporters because of his talent. But Newton's biggest hurdle to being a success may well be himself.
In a story in PFW, Nawrocki wrote, "Very concerning is his enormous ego and lack of humility that could make it extremely difficult for him to handle a leadership position at one of the most demanding leadering positions in all of sports."
He quoted an unnamed NFL executive as saying that only the tip of the iceberg has been reported on his controversial background, adding that the team that drafts him will have a general manager who will be out of a job in three years as a result.
Perhaps even more troubling was the projection on Mallett. Nawrocki quoted an unnamed general manager as saying Mallett is the first QB ever to admit drug usage in interviews with teams at the NFL Scouting Combine. Known as a party hound at college, while he never officially tested positive for drugs at Arkansas, Nawrocki quoted one executive as saying, "I would not take him at any point."
Both quarterbacks are going to go high in the draft – Newton potentially being the No. 1 pick and Mallett being a first- or second-round prospect. Their talent will get them drafted, but it is their character that will be the bigger issue moving forward. Both of them have a history of character flaws, and those could get even more pronounced when they get the big payday that comes from the draft. If there is a "buyer beware" tag, it may never be as big as it is with these two quarterbacks.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.