5. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

I considered going with Philadelphia's Nick Foles and Miami's Ryan Tannehill -- Foles was the more tempting of the two -- but it's hard to argue with Newton's natural ability and he has quietly put together a pretty impressive resume. Newton has thrown for 11,299 yards and 64 touchdowns since the Panthers drafted him first overall three years ago. He has also rushed for 2,032 yards and 28 more touchdowns. Most importantly, the 24-year-old has showed he can win in the NFL, too. Sure, that nasty Panthers defense had a lot to do with the Panthers going 12-4 this season, but Newton thrived despite a lack of weapons.<br>
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( Grant Halverson, Getty Images / January 12, 2014 )

I considered going with Philadelphia's Nick Foles and Miami's Ryan Tannehill -- Foles was the more tempting of the two -- but it's hard to argue with Newton's natural ability and he has quietly put together a pretty impressive resume. Newton has thrown for 11,299 yards and 64 touchdowns since the Panthers drafted him first overall three years ago. He has also rushed for 2,032 yards and 28 more touchdowns. Most importantly, the 24-year-old has showed he can win in the NFL, too. Sure, that nasty Panthers defense had a lot to do with the Panthers going 12-4 this season, but Newton thrived despite a lack of weapons.

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