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First of all, if Cam Newton figures it all out, he will be a superstar. He could revolutionize the quarterback position.
He could be Michael Vick except with prototypical quarterback size and probably a better throwing motion. That being said . . . Cam Newton probably is not going to figure it all out.
The history of run-first quarterbacks in the NFL does not seem to be a promising prophecy for Newton. At this point, the standard of success for a running quarterback is probably Steve Young.
Remember, Steve Young did not become a Super Bowl winner and Hall of Fame quarterback until he learned to trust his arm more than his feet.
If Joe Montana was going to play quarterback for whoever drafts Cam Newton and Montana could mentor him for a few years, then Newton might have a fighting chance to become a star.
The other problem with Cam Newton, besides being a running quarterback, is all of the baggage that he carries into the draft. Newton has attended three different schools over the course of four years; that kind of bouncing around raises a red flag with scouts.
He stole a laptop while at Florida, and while a lot of people do stupid things when they're young, if you're an NFL team and considering investing millions in a kid, the whole theft issue might scare you off.
Even though the NCAA ruled that Newton knew nothing of his father's pay-for-play scheme, common sense outweighs the NCAA, and common sense pretty clearly states that Cam knew what was going on all along.
Perhaps the most concerning issue with Cam Newton is that he seems just as interested in becoming a pop culture icon as he does a Pro Bowl quarterback. This might sound crazy, but NFL teams want their quarterback to care about football and little else.
If an NFL team can find their way to ignore all of the other red flags, they should pay attention to this one.
Quarterbacks who put in the time and do their homework are the ones who succeed, and from the sounds of it, Cam Newton may not be willing to do what it takes off the field to be successful on it.