Cam Newton shined on center stage at Auburn’s Pro Day

Auburn quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Cam Newton wearing the new Under Armour E39 shirts. Associated Press

Auburn quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Cam Newton wearing the new Under Armour E39 shirts. Associated Press

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.

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton responds to a question during a news conference during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton responds to a question during a news conference during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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.

Mike Mayock has Missouri's Blaine Gabbert as the top rated quarterbackentering the NFL scouting combine. Gabbert throws a pass during his team’s Setp. 19, 2009, game against Furman in Columbia, Mo. (The Associated Press/L.G. Patterson)

Mike Mayock has Missouri's Blaine Gabbert as the top rated quarterbackentering the NFL scouting combine. Gabbert throws a pass during his team’s Setp. 19, 2009, game against Furman in Columbia, Mo. (The Associated Press/L.G. Patterson)

“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

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111 comments Add your comment

Bob

March 8th, 2011
6:25 am

I would think he could get good coaching on his mechanics for $180,000 or so

robert

March 8th, 2011
6:29 am

not a 1st rounder

robert

March 8th, 2011
6:29 am

this guy is not a 1st rounder

Bill

March 8th, 2011
6:40 am

I would like to see the Panthers take him. It would make the NFC south more interesting.

robert

March 8th, 2011
6:43 am

In regard to D Led’s article on Robert Quinn the other day, here is an article that may show another reason he may slip to the lower 1st round http://archives.postandcourier.com/archive/arch07/1007/arc10305298899.shtml

David

March 8th, 2011
7:38 am

I believe he will struggle as a pro, so being a Falcons fan, I hope Carolina takes him.

TommyP

March 8th, 2011
7:42 am

robert: That was 3 and a half years ago. They all know about that in NFL circles.

Chris

March 8th, 2011
7:49 am

Everyone assumes the Panthers picked Auburn over Arkansas because of Newton. There’s more NFL talent on the Plains than in the Ozarks, including Fairley.

Big Dude

March 8th, 2011
7:53 am

C’mon DOL, who cares about this guy? He didn’t go to a Ga. college, Falcons don’t need him, he’s not a first round pick. Looks like you’re running out of good material. C’mon Man!

Rookieblue7

March 8th, 2011
7:53 am

I can’t believe he took a paycut to leave Auburn for the NFL.

GSU Eagle 91

March 8th, 2011
7:57 am

If I am going to draft a QB for my NFL team and I have one of the first picks…
I am taking Cam over the other obvious choices.
Cam has intangibles the other guys haven’t shown me…These include good leadership skills, belief in his abilities during tough moments in games, and an athleticism that is off of the charts…
Many will say it was just college football, but he performed his magic versus the toughest teams and players college football has to offer! Future NFL defensive players from the SEC!

GEORGIA97

March 8th, 2011
7:58 am

$cam Newton = the second coming of Aundray Bruce….minus the pellet gun.

The Original WDE

March 8th, 2011
8:01 am

Get it, Cammy Cam! You too, Darvin, Mario, Kodi, Terrell, Zach, Gabe, Chris, Josh, and everyone else showcasing down there today!

lanier

March 8th, 2011
8:07 am

funny as hell rookieblue

robert

March 8th, 2011
8:10 am

As my buddy used to say, he is what he is.

Double Zero Eight

March 8th, 2011
8:12 am

Cam Newton will do fine in the NFL. He is a bona fide first
round pick. I have known him since he was two years old and
watched him progress. He has been groomed to be a quarterback
since he was six years old. He has gone to numerous football
camps all over the country since he was a youth. He is the real deal!
No other quarterback in the country could have accomplished what
he did at Auburn. He has a set of unique skills. As a freshman at
Westlake High School in Atlanta, his skills were far superior to
those of his junior and senior receivers.

He has excelled at every level. He has two national championships.
He also carried his junior college team to a national championship.
He is not another JaMarcus Russell. Whether you like him or not,
judge him by his football ability. I hope he does not go to Carolina
as he will cause problems for the Falcons. I would rather that he go
to a team not in our division.

If Mallett had accomplished what Cameron Newton has
accomplished, most would be clamoring that he should be
the number one pick in the upcoming NFL draft.
I rest my case.

GEORGIA97

March 8th, 2011
8:14 am

@Double Zero Eight….you clearly have a mancrush on Scam Newton. Being a star in high school and attending a couple football camps doesn’t mean he’ll amount to jack squat in the NFL. As we’ve seen in Vince Young, athletes with extreme egos and little maturity are destined to fail in the pros.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 8th, 2011
8:17 am

Big Dude — He’s from here and won the Heisman.

Robert
– Thanks for sharing that article with the group.

Red Harrison

March 8th, 2011
8:25 am

pleeeez take him, Carolina (from a Falcons fan)

Talk about a corch killa, & a locka room killa

Aubrey

March 8th, 2011
8:26 am

He is an arrogant petty-theft jerk.

Straight Jacket

March 8th, 2011
8:32 am

Newton will be biggest bust in a decade!

CamVP

March 8th, 2011
8:32 am

CamVP will not make a career in the NFL. This is Jamarcus Russell second coming. Sure he has a little more talent, maybe more intelligent, but his head is in the wrong place. He thinks that he is better than he really is, therefore no real desire to have to prove himself or work his tail off. Now, there is word that he wants to be an entertainer and an icon……great….tryout for American Idol, but he will have his head taken off in the NFL trying that routine. His pimp daddy got him where he wanted in college, but no way he and the church can afford that in the NFL.

Double Zero Eight

March 8th, 2011
8:32 am

Enter your comments here

tim

March 8th, 2011
8:33 am

I heard Daddy Newton is charging to get in the stadium to see his son workout. (But, Cam doesn’t know anything about it….alledgely)

Wow

March 8th, 2011
8:35 am

Red … really?

Everyone in the free world will tell you that they thought Auburn hiring Gene Chizik was at least a stretch, maybe a gamble, some would say colossal mistake. At least that’s what they said originally. So, then Auburn runs off to a perfect season and most of Auburn’s enemies and rivals say that Auburn was a one-man team – they wouldn’t have won without Cam Newton. Heisman + most every other major player of the year awards + national championship + about 5 or 6 national Coach of the Year Awards for Chizik.

At what point do you see that he is a “corch” killer, as you claim? Based on what we have heard for the last 6 months, he is the definition of a “corch” MAKER! Gene Chizik was a nobody and a terrible coach and now has a national title, the nation’s longest current winning streak and a room full of coach of the year trophies

Also, as to your assertion that he is a locker-room killer, I invite you to try reading. Read ANY article about this team from throughout the year. Pay particular attention to quotes from teammates. Not an article went by where Auburn players didn’t give credit to #2 and his leadership qualities within the huddle, locker room, practice fields, etc.

Nice try, but you need to sell crazy someplace else.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 8th, 2011
8:46 am

Aubrey — He admitted to his mistakes. It’s called growing up.

Straight Jacket — I think JaMarcus Russell already has locked that one up.

tim — Workout is not open to the public.

Haters hate

March 8th, 2011
8:46 am

So much hatred. So many accusations. Complete lack of proof. Let’s try a fact check…

Laptop at Florida. He didn’t steal it. The OFFICIAL word from Florida is that he was guilty of purchasing a stolen laptop. He admitted to it and complied.

“Cheating” scandal at Florida. The OFFICIAL word from the UF Academic review board is that he was never scheduled to have to go and visit them. They have no record of any wrongdoing and do not know where the accusations are coming from.

Recruiting benefits. The OFFICIAL word from the NCAA is that he did nothing wrong, never knew about anything that was going on that may have been wrong. Auburn knew nothing, did nothing wrong. Both have 100% fully complied with all requests the entire time.

WHERE is your evidence? Those calling him a thief and a liar and whatever else you’re creating – do you have any evidence? Do you know of something that the FBI, NCAA and scores of Universities who recruited him couldn’t find? Every record has been searched. Every file has been opened. The ONLY thing that has come out has been the constantly-changing testimony of three alums from a rival school who happened to be the jilted bride in the recruitment. And now there are some phony tapes that were not available last fall but magically appear now. Only to be released by an Alabama supporter, radio personality. He admits that he’ll release them on the first day of his new radio show. Does that sound like sensationalized attention he’s creating for himself?

Someone … anyone … find any legitimate reason to hate Cam Newton. He beat your team, your hatred of Auburn, he smiles a lot … those are not reasons to hate Cam Newton with such an intense vitriol. Read comments from the NFL execs (who may know more about this than any of us.) They all seem to think his smile, demeanor, personality are all genuine, sincere and the type that can light up a room. I’m guessing they’ve spent more time with him than anyone posting here. Maybe they know something from FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS. People throwing stones at him in blogs have only read hate mail from people like Thayer Evans.

Again, someone post some FACTS or any really legitimate reasons for the hatred, please. Again – the fact that he wins and smiles is not a real reason.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 8th, 2011
8:47 am

Wow — Way to go!

The Original WDE

March 8th, 2011
9:20 am

It just upset people to see Auburn piece together a national title team. Don’t worry that our offense GREATLY IMPROVED under the helm of Chris Todd, who was benched under the last staff. Don’t worry that our defense was abysmal last year causing us to lose 5 games, but that year 2 under our new DC produced excellent run-game results, as well as very timely defense.

I’m sorry the whole world was too busy banking on Alabama vs. Ohio State for the national title game, you sure missed a very organic and breathtaking climb to the top. By the time you all finally realized that Auburn was the real deal, these allegations have come out and it became a convenient crutch to let your little surprised heads sleep at night.

Haters are gonna hate, but the people who claim Auburn is a cellar team because of our one bad season under Tony Franklin’s office need to take a quick peruse of these stats, and tell me just how irrelevant Auburn has been. It was just that we were very fortunate to have it all come together to win a national title, which is what any team needs.

Y’all take a look at this, and tell me how surprising is it that a team that has gone undefeated 3 times in the past 20 years, including as recently as 6 years ago, made it to the nat’l title and won against a physically undersized Oregon team.

http://www.philsteele.com/fbsinfo/2009/09Interesting_Tidbits.html

BirdDirty

March 8th, 2011
9:24 am

I love how Mike Mayock refuses to put Cam at the top of the QB draft board. Look at Gabbert’s numbers. He threw 16 tds. and 9 int last year. Those are not #1 pick numbers. Also, this is the same spread offense where Chase Daniels put up video game type numbers in the years before Gabbert got there. He is not impressive at all. Mayock has Jake Locker ahead of Cam also. Please!!! This guy is another Jay Cutler. He looked terrible in the Senior Bowll regressed at Washington this year. What makes him better than Newton? Please tell me. I would put Christian Ponder ahead of both Locker and Gabbert.

Carolina is going to pick Cam Newton #1 overall. That franchise needs a QB and a dose of excitment in a bad way.

SimpleDawg

March 8th, 2011
9:25 am

He’s still $cam Newton, but the kid can play…..in college.

Now we’ll get to see if he’s a bona fide NFL QB, or another first round bust.

Looks like Tarzan…..is he really Jane?

If nothing else, at least he’s an Icon.

IT'S ALLLLLL ABOUT ME!!!

March 8th, 2011
9:27 am

cam newton=AUNDRAY BRUCE!!!!!!!! IT’LL BE DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN!!! JUST YOU WAIT & SEE!!!

Matt Lechner

March 8th, 2011
9:39 am

Cam Newton will be the #1 pick — http://bit.ly/NFLMockDraft3 and here’s why it will come with less risk than when the Raiders drafted JaMarcus Russell — http://bit.ly/NEWCBA

Haters hate

March 8th, 2011
9:47 am

Precisely what I thought. SimpleDawg and “It’s Allllll About Me” cannot come up with anything other $cam and “he’s gonna stink.” No legitimate reason to dislike him.

Still waiting …

Scam Newton

March 8th, 2011
9:51 am

Haters hate,

Actually the official word was not that Newton “did nothing wrong”. The NCAA actually stated that at the time of the allegations last year they did not have sufficient evidence to prove Newton knew what his father was doing. The case remains open as the NCAA continues to investigate, it’s far from over. Now, it’s true that the kid deserves the benefit of doubt, but if you really believe Cam’s dad was asking for that money (which by the way is a fact admitted to by all parties concerned and shows there was unethical conduct going on behind the scenes by the Newton family) without Cam himself knowing about it I have some waterfront property in Kansas to sell you.

You have a right to your opinion, but your opinion seems to be far less than objective. Run first QB’s don’t win championships in the NFL, end of story. Whoever drafts Newton better be prepared to build a good system around him and give him 3-5 yrs to develop. Newton is a hell of an athlete and can find some position to play even if it’s just as a specialty QB in short yardage/goal line situations like Denver used Tebow, but he has a long way to go to make it in the NFL, time will tell…

woebegong

March 8th, 2011
10:03 am

I am not too sure Carolina will jump on Cam so quick. He is a excellent athelete but I think it might take an NFL season, for him to adapt his physical skills into an NFL team’s requirements. Carolina has so many positions they need to fill, unless they can stick with Clausen for one more year, I don’t know if they will take him. A lot could depend on the Carolina fanbase, as they would be required to swallow another bad year, and Carolina Fans might not be willing to do that. Then again, one player doesn’t appear to be able to turn them into an instant winner, unless he can fill about 10 spots on their team. Whomever get’s him will have a future good, maybe even great quarterback on thier team in the years to come either way. Carolina may be best served by getting some linemen to protect, who ever is behind the center. It might not be fair to Cam either, to throw him to the wolves in Carolinas situation. Time will for sure tell.

Haters hate

March 8th, 2011
10:24 am

Scam Newton,
Nowhere in my post was I saying that he was a sure-fire Hall of Famer, or a starter, or even a guaranteed moderate success. I was just asking for why people love to hate him so much. I’ve yet to hear any objective reasons that are based on anything factual. That was my point.

As for your inland oceanfront property – real estate is not where I’d like to spend my $8 fortune right now. Do you know everything your father ever did? Did he ever come home and say, “I lied to my boss today, son. Just thought you should know.” Or, maybe he knowingly played golf with 15 clubs and won the tournament. Did he come home afterwards and say, “Yes, son. I cheated. but I won, so who cares.”

Crazy thoughts, I know. But who knows everything their parents do? If a parent is having an affair, I’m guessing many of them may hide that from their children. That’s not typical dinner conversation for families. I would think that Cecil would have done everything in his power to hide his dealings from the rest of the family. THAT makes more sense than anything else.

MikeP

March 8th, 2011
10:31 am

No money changed hands or the SEC and NCAA investigators would have found it. As far as Cam knowing, (which, according to the latest NCAA statement matters not) At age 21 would you have known if your father talked about robbing a bank? I think not.

I cannot remember a player whose coaches and team-mates respected as much as Cam Newton was respected at Auburn. His work ethic and leadership are exceptional. You cannot fool those type of people, Cam is the real deal.

As far as an investigation “still going on”, that depends on your definition of “ongoing”. Investigative agencies almost never say “this case is closed”. If they do that, they can’t CYA if something unexpected turns up ten years later. What they do say is “no evidence at this time”. Then they put the papers in folders, put the folder in a box, put the box on a shelf and forget about it. The haters should do what the NCAA has done and forget about it.

The only Person Cecil Newton talked money with was Mississippi State street agent Kenny Rogers, who suggested a deal to Cecil so Rogers could get his 10% agent’s fee off the top. $20,000 would have helped Rogers with some of the bad checks he had floating at the time. It appears the MSU money boys knew better than to trust Rogers with $20, let alone 200,000, so the money was never made available.

When the NCAA declared Cam Newton “:Eligible Without Condition” on December 2nd, they were satisfied with the investigation’s results and moved on to other things. Mississippi State may yet have some problems out of this, but Cam Newton and Auburn won’t.

Scam Newton

March 8th, 2011
10:44 am

Haters hate,

I agree that parents do keep things from their children, but this is a completely set of circumstances with Newton. Affairs and a father lying to his boss typically don’t directly involve their children. It’s a little different when said child is the point of contention. Even if Cecil didn’t directly tell his son, you truly believe that Cam was oblivious to what was going on? Not to menion he is 20 yrs old, while young, he is not some 9 or 10 yr old kid that you can just pull the sheet over

Scam Newton

March 8th, 2011
10:48 am

MikeP,

The discussion was about Newton not Auburn. Not once was Auburn mentioned in anything I said. I could care less what Auburn does.

It was asked what legitimate reasons are out there to “not like” Cam Newton, and there in lied my responses. People don’t like Newton for the same reason people mock Reggie Bush. You get caught doing something unethical, people are going to “thumb” their nose at you. While this doesn’t directly involve Auburn, that’s the school where he played ball, thus Auburn gets the collateral damage.

Keith

March 8th, 2011
10:56 am

Eat your heart out CAM HATERS!!! He will be an early first round pick regardless of what he does at this pro day. He’s a proven winner and an incredible athlete. Professional franchises love guys like Cam because he stirs up so much emotion in people like yourselves and you haters are following his every move so that you can say I told you so, when he makes a mistake or has an issue in his career. Cam will be great!!!

OK

March 8th, 2011
11:02 am

Cam’s smile lights up the room. It is all that is needed to cure illness.

Scam Newton

March 8th, 2011
11:03 am

Scam will be a great clip board holder. He is not even close to being ready or remotely resembles an NFL qb. Athlete yes, qb NO WAY.

DawginLex

March 8th, 2011
11:03 am

He might not be the 1st QB taken and that may be a good thing. You can’t tell me that this kid won’t succeed in the NFL.

Look at him. He is huge, can run and has a cannon.

Maybe he doesn’t work out well. So what? The throws he made over the middle against us sold me and he had more pressure on him that day than at any combine workout.

Put him on a team with a good defense where he doesn’t have to steal the show and score 40 points.

Dan

March 8th, 2011
11:11 am

Doesn’t Auburn hold pro day every practice?

MikeP

March 8th, 2011
11:14 am

Quoting: ” People don’t like Newton for the same reason people mock Reggie Bush. You get caught doing something unethical, people are going to “thumb” their nose at you….”

The difference is that Cam Newton has been caught doing exactly nothing unethical. As far as anyone, NCAA and SEC investigators and the efforts of most unethical group of scribblers that have ever disgraced the journalistic profession can determine, not one scrap of evidence has indicated that Cam Newton did anything wrong or knew anything wrong was going on.

The best information available is that Kenny Rogers approached Cecil Newton about getting money for Cam’s signature to play at Mississippi State. How seriously and for how long Cecil entertained the idea is impossible to tell, but sooner or later he came to his senses. There is zero reason to suspect that Cam knew anything about it.

Scam Newton

March 8th, 2011
11:21 am

lol, this is futile, but seriously, it was Cam’s father. Not his buddy, not his 3rd uncle’s stepson, IT WAS HIS FATHER. Cecil Newton, Rogers, and Newton were at a Missy St. game together and spend a great deal of time together on Cam’s recruiting trip. It’s just like the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the military. Just because Cam didn’t directly say he knew (he would be a moron to do that), doesn’t mean he was clueless as to what was going on either.

gdawginkalamazoo

March 8th, 2011
11:24 am

With the money the players at Auburn make, every day is Pro Day.

Marie

March 8th, 2011
11:40 am

Hey Mr. Whitfield, how long were you married to Sheree when you found out that she is born a male? Now Kroy is supposedly having a baby by Kim the man. The Falcons football team is messed up.

SimpleDawg

March 8th, 2011
11:50 am

I’m not hatin’ on $cam…..just waiting to see where he’s picked…and by whom. Where he ends up will have a huge effect on his progress, and ultimately on what level of success he attains.

As far as the allegations go….where there’s that much smoke and sparks, there’s fire. No hard evidence doesn’t equate to innocence.

So, he’s gotten away with it….for now.