Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is unquestionably the most talked-about player in the 2011 NFL draft. And for good reason.
The 21-year-old native of College Park, Ga. led the Tigers to a BCS championship as a junior in 2010 while running away with the Heisman Trophy after throwing for 2,854 yards and 30 touchdowns and accumulating another 1,473 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground.
Newton stands in at 6'5'' and a shade under 250 pounds, looks like a pro and has a terrific arm and a smile to match.
But he comes with some baggage.
Everyone remembers the alleged incident at Florida in which he stole a fellow student’s laptop back in 2008. And everyone has heard ad nauseam about the allegations that his father—during Cam’s recruitment following his transfer from Gainesville—had asked schools for significant amounts of money in exchange for his son attending that school and playing football.
But Newton is trying to put those events behind him. And while scouts surely won’t forget them completely, they’re willing to focus more on Newton’s potential as a pro.
Interestingly, some scouts see Newton as the likely No. 1 pick overall by the Carolina Panthers, while others see his skill set as more worthy of the second round.
We should find out where he goes on Thursday night, but stick with us all day as we keep you in the loop with all of the latest news surrounding Cam Newton, his controversial past and his oh-so-fascinating future.