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Source: Newton 'perfect' in Indy team interview

Posted on: March 3, 2011 7:10 pm
Posted by Rob Rang

A high-ranking NFL source countered what and others had reported earlier in the week that Auburn QB Cam Newton, the 11th ranked prospect by, "struggled" in team interviews conducted at the Combine.

"I think that is an example of a team trying to knock the kid down," the source said. "I can tell you right now, he was very likable with us. He answered every question we had about his off-field stuff and did a great job on the white board."

I pointed out that Newton could do well in his team's interview and then struggle in another (or several), but the source referred to specific questions asked and that the offensive coaches in the meeting later characterized Newton's answers as "perfect."

"He knew where to go with the football against different schemes, where his hot read was..." the source explained. "[Newton] did it quickly and with confidence. I wasn't in the other teams' meetings, so I don't know what they asked or how he answered, obviously. I can't imagine that kid 'struggling,' though, in that kind of setting."

The conflicting stories provide a perfect example of the smokescreens that take place in the months leading up to the draft.

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Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2011 3:46 pm

Source: Newton 'perfect' in Indy team interview

"who cares?  Typical predraft nonsense"

Hey!!!! tommrow I'm going to write a article saying he bad mouthed people in another team interview.

I'll have just as much credibility as the rest of these hacks reporting that scouts said he had good/bad interview.  My anonymous source told me.  Ya gotta bealive me!

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2011 3:04 pm

Source: Newton 'perfect' in Indy team interview

I was struck by Newton's behavior  after a very mediocre passing display at the combine.  He pointed out that he was surprised that the receivers were from other conferences and he intimated they were the reason he missed so many  passes.   As several QB's were able to preform very well with the same receivers, I can't help but wonder if this is a player a team would rally  around.   Someone that when he fails to perform throws his team mates under the  bus.  That combined with the off field behavior and the pay off to his family (which he didn't know about) Wink make him too risky to take in the  top 15.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2011 1:56 pm

Source: Newton 'perfect' in Indy team interview

Why aren't comparisons made between Ryan Leaf and Sam Bradford, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan, etc?  I'm sure your comparison of Cam Newton to Jmarcus Russell is not based on race (sarcasm on)!

Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2011 10:21 am

Source: Newton 'perfect' in Indy team interview

Where are you getting that this was from the Colts?  It doesn't say what team made this comment.  The "Indy" in the title refers to the location of the Combine, where this particular "team interview" took place.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2011 12:41 am

Source: Newton 'perfect' in Indy team interview

Maybe this is smokescreen stuff, both ways - Colts build him up, someone else wants to buy cheap.  But, maybe it's just that Cam wasn't playing for anything with the Colts, no pressure.  It's easy to be comfortable when you have nothing to lose - what happens when he is trying to be Carolina's or Arizona's or SF's first pick?

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2011 12:02 am

Source: Newton 'perfect' in Indy team interview

Typical Colts ammo, build this kid up so he gets selected by a team ahead of them in the draft so their guy has a better chance landing with the Colts.  Clever.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2011 10:53 pm

Source: Newton 'perfect' in Indy team interview

Some of you people are just stupid. He's a sharp kid. He can make all the throws. His Auburn teammates loved him. The kids on campus say he was a regular guy and friendly to everyone. Yes, he needs work on some of his mechanics, but most college QBs do. He is a hell of an athlete, there is no debate there. He far different than Jamarcus Russell in most respects. Size is about the only similarity. He's not ready to start in the NFL, obviously. But give him a year, or most of a year, in the right system and he'll be fine. Now, that's not to say that there aren't some other good prospects this draft. Only that Cam Newton is one of them.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:46 pm

Source: Newton 'perfect' in Indy team interview

If you're analogizing Russel to Newton, you need to go back and watch them both in college.  The difference is striking, only their size (and not speed) is similar.

Most analysts are saying he's closer to Roethlisburger, but really, I'm not sure that's close, either.  He's got some issues, but all the top guys are making good money, whether they end up being more or less like Bradford (his team still sucked) is really a crap shoot.

I'm not going to say I'm sure that Cam is going to make it big, it's just too hard to tell, but really, they ALL make that kind of money if they go first round.  Thus, all the teams have to take a risk.  Jake Locker less of a risk?  Any QB currently in the draft a lock to be great?  I don't think so, thus, they are all a big gamble.

That's why I think a rookie pay scale is a good thing.  They can earn their money after that.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:40 pm

Source: Newton 'perfect' in Indy team interview

Not sure what you mean, because I GUARANTEE you don't have a pick.

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:27 pm

Source: Newton 'perfect' in Indy team interview

I wouldn't waste even a 2nd round pick on $Cam.  He has lockerroom cancer written all over his face.  He sees himself as more of an entertainer than a football player.  He wants to be the T.O. version of Vince Young ... just a step slower and maybe even dumber.  He's a GUARANTEED bust in the NFL.

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