BCS National Championship Auburn V. Oregon: Cam Newton Holds Own NFL Draft Stock

Brandon Galvin@bgny3Featured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2011

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 07:  Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers speaks during Media Day for the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn on January 7, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The day has finally arrived.

Heisman winner Cam Newton will lead his No. 1 Auburn Tigers into battle against LaMichael James’ No. 2 Oregon Ducks in Glendale, Arizona, with the BCS National Championship on the line.

The BCS Championship is great.

But this is Newton’s last audition. Newton has one last chance to state his case for being the top quarterback in the 2011 NFL draft and quite possibly being selected by the Carolina Panthers No. 1 overall.

Newton was already rewarded for his incredible 2010 season when he was voted the clear-cut Heisman winner.

Newton is a physical freak, quite possibly the scariest college quarterback physically that we have ever seen. He compares to LeBron James of the NBA. Newton is simply too fast for linebackers to compete with. He is too strong for secondary defenders to take down. He has fantastic arm strength and field vision to go along with his great accuracy. Not enough? He can even catch touchdowns. You name it, Newton does it.

What more could you ask for from Newton?

Newton completed 67.1 percent of his passes for 2,589 yards, 28 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

Just as impressive, Newton set an SEC record for a quarterback by rushing for 1,238 yards and a whopping 20 touchdowns. He was just two touchdowns shy from leading the nation in rushing touchdowns.

As far as I’m concerned, Newton is one of the top talents in this year’s NFL draft, and any team drafting him could be receiving one of the top NFL superstars at the quarterback position.

The Carolina Panthers are expected to hire Ron Rivera for their vacant head coaching position. He probably won’t, but he should consider drafting Newton with the No. 1 overall pick if he has one of those all-time epic BCS National Championship performances.

Newton has the talent to obliterate this Oregon defense on the ground and through the air. The sky is the limit for Newton in this expected high-octane offensive game. What if Newton pulls a Michael Vick against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football and scores six touchdowns? This is not out of question for Newton tonight. He has all of the skills and pieces around him to do so. We could be in store for one of the most special performances of all-time tonight.

If Newton falls flat on his face tonight, he will slide down NFL draft boards, because they will think he is simply just another college quarterback who is unfit for the professional level.

Cam Newton’s draft stock is directly related to how he handles the pressure of being on the grand stage in front of millions of viewers. The safer bet is that Newton does what he does—handles the pressure and adversity and excels with all eyes watching.