The NFL season is set to begin Thursday night when the Green Bay Packers host the New Orleans Saints. It will be the first of 512 games this regular season. How about some bold NFL predictions for the 2011 season?

For example, I believe Tennessee Titan Jake Locker will turn out to be the best rookie quarterback out of a crop that includes Cam Newton in Carolina, Blaine Gabbert in Jacksonville, Christian Ponder in Minnesota, Andy Dalton in Cincinnati and Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco.

I'm not the only one who thinks so. Here is cnnsi.com's Don Banks 20 bold predictions for the 2011 season.