Bucky Brooks impressed by Cam Newton at private workout

Cam Newton, QB, Auburn: The College Park native passed for 265 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 64 to lead the Tigers to their first national title since 1957 and a 14-0 season. The Heisman Trophy winner had a passer rating 182.05, while throwing for 2,854 yards and 30 TDs. Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press

Cam Newton, QB, Auburn: The College Park native passed for 265 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 64 to lead the Tigers to their first national title since 1957 and a 14-0 season. The Heisman Trophy winner had a passer rating 182.05, while throwing for 2,854 yards and 30 TDs. Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, of Westlake High, and Georgia’s A.J. Green will be the local players with the highest profiles at the NFL scouting combine.

Newton had a private media workout in California on Thursday.

“He was really good,” NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks said. “He was phenomenal. When you talk about form a pure talent perspective, it’s hard to find people at talented as he is at that position.”

Brooks, a former second round pick by the Buffalo Bills, was a regional scout for Carolina and Seattle. Here’s his video from the NFL Network.

“Big presence, big guy,” Brooks said. “Very athletic. Graceful in his movements. Strong arm. He can make all of the throws with little effort.”

For some reason, Mike Mayock compared Newton’s workout to a similar workout by LSU’s JaMarcus Russell, where he looked special. I believe the point was that these workouts can be misleading.

If teams think like Mayock on Newton, he’ll have to convince them that he has a good work ethic, the ability to lead and is smart enough to pick up an NFL offense. (Those were Russell’s NFL failure’s in a nutshell).

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

February 11th, 2011
4:02 pm

prob be taken by the patriots how old is brady

Larry

February 11th, 2011
4:03 pm

We heard the same thing about Vince Young and the JaMarcus Russel.

Wait until he scores an 11 on the Wonderlic test…

Larry

February 11th, 2011
4:05 pm

“…is smart enough to pick up an NFL offense.” And NFL defenses!

Have you hear this boy speak? Dumb as a box of rocks!

Larry

February 11th, 2011
4:05 pm

Mike

February 11th, 2011
4:14 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 11th, 2011
4:25 pm

I think he speaks well. Wonderlic will be important. Brett Favre had a 13.

Hollywould

February 11th, 2011
4:27 pm

Jealous much Larry. War Eagle

BirdDirty

February 11th, 2011
4:42 pm

What are you talking about Larry. Newton speaks very well. CBS sportsline has Blaine Gabbert rated above Newton. Someone please tell me why. Look at the offense Gabbert ran in college, along with his pedestrian numbers. If I needed a QB and a face of the franchise, I would take him in a second. Find a coach that can build an offense around him and everyone will be happy.

uga_b

February 11th, 2011
4:45 pm

Well said: “Wonderlic will be important. Brett Favre had a 13.”

Haha.

Most important thing now it seems like will be diagramming on the board. Lord knows the kids got the physical tools. But VY came from a 2-read run second option team two. Never seemed to progress through WRs well.

BirdDirty

February 11th, 2011
4:46 pm

Mike Mayock was also in love with Jay Cutler. Remember that?

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Dirty Dawg

February 11th, 2011
5:11 pm

Nobody ever said he wasn’t worth every penny his Momma, Daddy and Uncle got for him to go to AU…and he’ll probably have success in the NFL…shoot, he may even be sleeping with one of the Kardasian (sp?) girls before it’s over, but sooner or later the truth will out and the ‘character’ issues will surface. Just watch.

Alpha1

February 11th, 2011
5:19 pm

Cam Newton has been a winner everywhere he has played football. I bet every college coach he has ever worked under can attest to his work ethic. To go through the adversity that he faced this season with the media scrutiny and succeed, tells alot about his ability to focus on a task and to lead men. The Wonderlic Test cannot tell what a man has in his heart. Ask the Defensive Coordinators in the SEC if he is smart enough to play quarterback. He is a better quarterback than Tim Tebow and Matt Ryan and fifity percent of the quarterbacks on the NFL Teams right now. All of the teams that pass on this young man will regret it when he is dominating them on Sundays. Jerry Jones is not a fool in Dallas and knows that this young man is worth the pick. He is going to pack stadiums and I believe be a model citizen from the adversity he has already experienced at a young age. I bet Dallas won’t pass him up if he is on the board. People said Terry Bradshaw was dumb and I think he has several Super Bowl Rings. Also the young man is very articulate.

Mike

February 11th, 2011
5:21 pm

Just curious but what is “the truth” dirty dawg?

JuneBaby

February 11th, 2011
5:27 pm

When people talk about character issues, most time they have no character themselves. It takes a person with low character to bash other people!!

GSU Eagle 91

February 11th, 2011
5:28 pm

Cam is a phenom..I suspect he will have a great NFL career IF….he can learn to read defenses…I am sure that he do this!
Good Luck, Cam!

Bryan G.

February 11th, 2011
5:44 pm

I think he definitely has the tools and the ability to lead. The questions about him are going to be his ability to pick up nuances in offenses and defenses and his character. He’s a great talent though.

Also, anyone who saw VY or Jamarcus Russell actually play college ball had to know they’d have trouble in the NFL.

Hurt Kurbstreit

February 11th, 2011
6:00 pm

Somebody will take him in the first round. He is not the same as JaMarcus Russell. I was not an Auburn fan this year but CM put that team on his back and carried it to a national championship. Can’t ask for any more than that. He would make a heck of a tight end though.

Hurt Kurbstreit

February 11th, 2011
6:01 pm

Typo – Can Newton put that team on his back.

atltiger15

February 11th, 2011
6:05 pm

Even if Cam tanks in the NFL, which I seriously doubt, he has already touched more lives than most of the folks on this blog. He has mentored kids from broken homes that had behavior issues. Those kids made a 360 degree turn and have become honor roll students because they BELEIVE they can do anything they set their mind to..Yes, Cam has made mistakes in his young life, but so did I. If I hadn’t been given a second chance, I wouldnt be in the position I am in today. I have been blesssed needless to say and I can say thanks Cam, you brought several memories to my AU family on and off the field.

waynester

February 11th, 2011
6:35 pm

Alpha 1
No way will Dallas take a QB in the 1st–that’s not to say there aren’t teams who will–Buffalo at #3,ARZ#5and Wash#10 all need QBs and will probably draft one…..

AUB87

February 11th, 2011
7:35 pm

atltiger15-Hopefully the kids will make a 180. If they make a 360 they will be heading in the same direction. Just sayin’

jwritz

February 11th, 2011
7:40 pm

One year of real football experience? Is he ready to play? Ask D…led he knows? A learning curve? Who will take a chance…

jrhd

February 11th, 2011
7:47 pm

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This Gets Old!

February 11th, 2011
7:48 pm

No Auburn fan here but everybody puts a premium on the SEC. He got Auburn it’s NC did he not? Tell ‘ya what..if they paid for him then they got a bargain. With the way the Falcon defense sacks the opposition QB then I hope Carolina passes him by.

jrhd

February 11th, 2011
7:50 pm

People questioning his ethical lapses need to look no further than why he left UF. Between inquiries into multiple instances of academic cheating and possession of a stolen laptop I don’t think it is possible to say this young man doesn’t have ethics concerns. Can he overcome those concerns and grow into an upstanding, contributing member of the NFL, a la Steve Young or Warrick Dunn? That remains to be seen. He has to get drafted first.

David

February 11th, 2011
8:15 pm

Everyone’s missing the key issue here, and it’s not his arm or his brain. It’s his dad.

I’ve yet to see a sports story with the meddling father that turned out well.

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February 11th, 2011
8:24 pm

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atltiger15

February 11th, 2011
8:44 pm

AUB87

Well, since they went to 180, they realized how things were suppose to be, when they got to 360, it became normal to do the right thing. So it depends on ones perspective. Several ways to skin a cat

NFL potential lockout.

February 11th, 2011
9:29 pm

Heisman winner Pat Sullivan was another Auburn QB who was great in college.

Not so much with the Atlanta Falcons.

jjatl

February 11th, 2011
9:31 pm

Seriously, the Mayock comments and other sentiment wondering about drafting Newton because of the issues with JaMarcus Russell is a perfect example of racism. Why should Newton have to prove that he doesn’t have the same issues as Russell? Does Blaine Gabbert have to prove he’s not the next Ryan Leaf since both Gabbert and Leaf are white?

Newton may or may not end up being a good NFL quarterback, but if he fails due to lack of character, smarts, motivation or whatever, those are issues personal to him, not somehow related to JaMarcus Russell’s problems or anyone else’s.

And for the record, I’m a white male who grew up in Georgia.

Truly study the game of football, the trends, and what's going on.

February 11th, 2011
9:42 pm

JaMarcus Russell is 6′6″ and 285,
Cam Newton 6′6″ and 249.

Very similar.

Auburn fan

February 11th, 2011
9:44 pm

Dirty Dawg. Love how the redneck comes out when there is jealousy involved. Class act.

jjatl

February 11th, 2011
9:51 pm

In that case, I’ll wait for the Mayock comparison of JaMarcus Russell and Ryan Mallett.

bman

February 11th, 2011
9:52 pm

jjatl – JaMarcus Russell was a huge flop (you know that). Besides Russell being a recent hype/flop -The comparisons between the two are size, arm strength, ability etc….they are very similar. I’m not sure where you pulled that racism bit from, but it’s a bit sad you would even think it….

Orange10

February 11th, 2011
9:55 pm

A four month wonder. First round draft pick – too iffy especially for first round money.

dd

February 11th, 2011
10:15 pm

Cecil’s gonna be real happy soon.

Maybe now he can fix those churches in Newnan without having to sneak around.

what's going on.

February 11th, 2011
10:23 pm

Cam Newton did sneak around a little bit.

Toomer's Corner

February 11th, 2011
10:23 pm

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hannibal

February 11th, 2011
10:30 pm

good luck, you’ll need it

Brainiac

February 11th, 2011
10:34 pm

Only time will tell..

Keep it Real

February 11th, 2011
11:04 pm

This is a funny comparison! J-Russell was just a good qb in college. The main reason he was drafted so high was because that draft lacked a quality quarterback. If any of you haters would check J-Russell college career you will see it does not compare to Mr. Newton college career.

I imagine most of those who doubt his ability to lead a team are fans of Bama, LSU, South Carolina, and all the teams that Mr. Cam Newton walked ONNNNNNNN in 2010!

War EAGLE

Najeh Davenpoop

February 11th, 2011
11:23 pm

He has voluntarily dedicated himself to getting better AFTER winning the national title and showing everyone that he was the best player in college football. Questioning his work ethic is asinine.

I don’t have a really strong college football allegiance, but I’ll always support people from the ATL. I wish Cam Newton the best. Depending on where he lands (the single most important determining factor in the pro success of any QB in my opinion) he should do fine.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 11th, 2011
11:25 pm

Also, Cam Newton has much better passing fundamentals and much better speed than JaMarcus Russell. If he wasn’t a black quarterback I’d be surprised if anyone made this idiotic comparison. Russell and Quinn that year were drafted high because of the unwritten rule that the top 2 QBs in any draft have to go in the first round, regardless of whether or not they rank among the top 32 players in that draft.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 11th, 2011
11:28 pm

“Also, anyone who saw VY or Jamarcus Russell actually play college ball had to know they’d have trouble in the NFL.”

Exactly.

VY’s throwing motion was a mess and Russell’s footwork was a mess. Both dominated in college due to superior athletic ability, but neither were even close to Newton when it comes to passing fundamentals.

As far as I’m concerned, Ben Roethlisberger is a much better comparison.

Falcon Fan

February 11th, 2011
11:28 pm

Who the hell is Bucky Brooks? I would just assume the Falcon coaches judge his talent. The rest of us know about his character.

Falcon Fan

February 11th, 2011
11:30 pm

OH he is a cross between a gay Buck Belue and James Brooks!

Steve

February 12th, 2011
12:02 am

Not a big Newton fan because of the scandal, of which I do believe he had full knowledge. That being said, I see very little resemblence in him and Russell.

Russell basically had one great game and a mostly mediocre career playing for an otherwise dominant team. Russell pretty much just had to not mess of for his team to win, not neccessarily lead it to victory. I see Newton as a guy who had to dominate for Auburn to win consistently. Case in point, Auburn is 70-1 to win it all next year, which is sixth or seventh best in the SEC. When Russell left LSU they were still a top 10 team.

I am not saying Newton is going to do better, but I don’t think comparing him to Russell is fair to him either.

Dawglife 25

February 12th, 2011
12:04 am

Cam newton came back and beat ala by himself enough said.

tim hart

February 12th, 2011
12:25 am

Sounds like a bunch of haters and racist driven feelings are u really callimg him boy? a little kkk there. Get over it bammers and dawgs. Thank u dawglife 25. i pull for u guys except against AU. War Eagle and go dawgs