Yesterday, Auburn's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback
dog-and-pony show workout session that only media members were allowed to attend. So, what did the workout do for Newton's draft stock? Well, that depends entirely on who you ask.
"That was phenomenal," ESPN’s Trent Dilfer reports via Bruce Feldman. "If scouts saw this they’d have been slobbering."
"His mechanics are so sound," Dilfer said. "The ball just jumps off his hands. He made 30 big-time throws."
I don't think anyone has any doubt about Cam Newton's physical talents. Everyone knows that he's big and fast and has a huge arm.
To counter-balance this, here's the word from someone that didn't actually attend the workout, but that many Viking fans have a great deal of respect for based on his work during Vikings' pre-season games, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock.
"I really didn’t need to see the workout, nor do I need to hear about the workout. … I’ve watched five of (Newton’s) game tapes," Mayock explained. "He’s got a classic overhand delivery, he’s got a big arm. You and I in gym shorts at the local high school can throw pretty accurately, so I would guarantee you (Newton) would look great in a pair of gym shorts.
"…But I would also (offer) one cautionary note, and that is the best Pro Day for a quarterback I ever attended was JaMarcus Russell. That same day, even though I admitted it was the best Pro Day I ever saw, I also said I wouldn’t take (Russell) in the first round."
To that end, Mayock still has Newton ranked third in his list of draft-eligible quarterbacks, beind Missouri's Blaine Gabbert and Washington's Jake Locker. . .the latter of whom is dropping like the proverbial stone according to many experts.
Last year, the most controversial prospect in the draft, in terms of ability and how he'd adjust to the NFL, was Tim Tebow, who ultimately went from being projected as a fifth or sixth-round selection after his performance at the Senior Bowl to being taken in the first round by the Denver Broncos. I don't think there's any doubt that Cam Newton is going to go in the first round of the NFL Draft in 2011. . .it's just a matter of how high he goes and which team wants to take a chance on him.
EDIT: Hat tip to our friends at Cat Scratch Reader for finding the video that's available of Newton's workout from yesterday. As the post from CSR explains, it's easy to see what people would have gotten excited about.