CHART OF THE DAY: Cam Newton And The New Breed Of NFL Quarterback

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The NFL Draft is next month and Cam Newton is expected to be the first quarterback chosen. Among the many NFL quarterback-like qualities that Newton possesses, the most important might be size.

At 6-6 and 250 pounds, Newton is a big boy. And he will fit right in with the NFL’s new breed of quarterback.

Of the 32 quarterbacks who started at least eight games in 2010, 13 were at least 6-5, and 11 were at least 230 pounds. And with big quarterbacks like Ben Roethlisberger (6-5, 240) appearing in three Super Bowls and Josh Freeman (6-6, 240) having one of the best seasons ever for a young quarterback, more teams will look to go big at the most important position.

Since the NFL and AFL merged (see chart below), the average NFL quarterback has grown by two inches and more than 20 pounds. In 2010, the average starting quarterback was more than 6-3 and 225 pounds.

Evolution of NFL quarterbacks

Interestingly, the average height was nearly unchanged for about 20 years, before beginning a steep upward trend over the past eight or nine seasons. Whichever team selects Newton, is only going to enhance this trend further.

Sizes based on quarterbacks that started at least eight games. All data via