NFL Draft 2011: Cam Newton Could Use The Combine To Soar Up To No. 1
Cam Newton Could Become The No. 1 Overall Pick In The NFL Draft With A Great Performance At The Scouting Combine
Cam Newton has a big week ahead of him. He is going to be the biggest college football player to take part in all of the NFL combine workouts, which will be televised on the NFL Network this weekend. He has a lot to gain or lose based on what he does at the combine.
Newton's stock soared two weeks ago when he had a workout in front of talent evaluators. He has moved up to No. 3 on Mel Kiper's latest mock draft. It's always funny how much stock is actually put into a workout that a player has in shorts, when they know exactly what they are supposed to be looking for, but that's the way this evaluation game works.
Some evaluators will have questions about Newton's character because of the pay-for-play allegations this year at Auburn, and his problems when he was at Florida in 2007 and 2008. He also raised some eyebrows this week by saying that he wants to be an entertainer and icon. Some may feel that he has a sense of entitlement because of all the success that he had in his one year at Auburn.
However, Newton can make all of that ill-will go away with a great performance this week. He will be grilled more than any other player at the combine because of his past, and his workouts will be more scrutinized than any other player because of all the hype that surrounds him.
Some evaluators have compared him to Ben Roethlisberger coming out of college because they are both big quarterbacks who can scramble. While that may be the case, right now he still has a lot of questions to answer about his accuracy, and his ability to run an NFL-style offense.
It's great to see someone put on a show in shorts and a t-shirt, but it's another thing for someone to do it in game action. Newton has more to gain than anyone with his performance this weekend, but he also has more to lose than anyone else.
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