Here’s the story from Cam Newton’s workout. He put on a show.
PRE-PRO DAY POST BELOW
Quarterback Cam Newton will get another chance to impress NFL scouts at Auburn’s Pro Day today.
I’m heading over there and will update how theHeisman winner and Westlake High grad performs after the workout, which is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. I’m sure I’ll send out some live tweets. You can follow me @AJCFALCONS if you want those updates.
NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock is going to be there.
More importantly, Carolina coach Ron Rivera is attending. The Panthers have the top pick in the draft. Rivera could have elected to attend Ryan Mallett’s Pro Day in Arkansas.
By now, you all know that Newton didn’t perform too well at the scouting combine. The alarming thing was that he couldn’t make the 10-yard out throw to his right side. As a right-handed quarterback, that should be his money throw.
“I don’t take the 15, 20 or 30 throws (at the combine) and have it change my mind about anything,” Mayock said. “It’s important to me as an evaluator to watch as much tape as I can, but I have to see a quarterback live. I have to see how the ball comes out of his hands.”
Newton appeared to be uncomfortable with the receivers at the scouting combine. He held onto the ball too long as he was waiting for them to cut.
“That was the first opportunity I got to see the ball come out of his hands,” Mayock said. “I think he was little frustrated by his inaccuracies. He didn’t throw a bunch of completions. . .You get to the five-step (drop) and the coaches are telling you to throw to an area. You have been coached your entire life to complete passes. So there is a little bit of a contradiction for a kid that’s never done this before.”
Mayock had Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert and Washington’s Jake Locker rated ahead of Newton going into the scouting combine.
“Nothing changed for me,” Mayock said. “He has a big arm. (He has better mechanics than Vince Young or Tim Tebow or any of those other big guys. I still have the same questions I had coming in. For the next two months, I’m going to try to answer them.”
Mayock likes Newton’s intangibles.
“I saw a kid that lit up the room when we talked to him,” Mayock said. “I saw a kid that was intelligent.”
Mayock said he still has two issues with Newton.
“He played in a pass offense that was fairly simple, not a lot of reads and he didn’t have a lot of patience in the pocket,” Mayock said. “But that’s what he did to win a national championship. . .Secondly, you have to figure the kid out.”
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog