Tag:NFL Draft
Posted on: February 10, 2011 10:25 pm
 

Get your Cam Newton workout footage!

Posted by Andy Benoit

Auburn's Heisman Trophy winning quarterback held a private workout in San Diego on Thursday. Here's video proof.



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Category: NFL
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:49 am
 

Hot Routes 2.10.11: Panthers the new Chargers?

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports is whipping through a Top-40 list of NFL Draft prospects. Ryan Mallett (who checks in at No. 37) is at one point called a "statue with a cannon attached," if that makes you feel good about your team maybe drafting him. It shouldn't.
Posted on: February 7, 2011 2:51 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Fairley focused on stuffing stereotypes for now

Posted by Will Brinson

DALLAS -- Nick Fairley's got plenty of time to worry about where he'll be picked in the 2011 NFL Draft. And he's got ample conversations with various GM's and coaches on the docket in his future.

But right now, he's focused on improving his game and his draft stock by doing things the smart way -- saying the right things and getting his off-field work done ahead of time.

"Actually I haven't had any contact with any NFL teams," Fairley told CBSSports.com earlier in the week. "I've been getting myself together as far as training-wise goes and getting ready for the NFL."

Fairley knows that some analysts have used some awkward phrases to describe his game, too. "Dirty player" and "bad work ethic" are two of the particulars that have been thrown around with respect to his draft profile.

But Fairley disagrees with the notion that his being "aggressive" equates to his being "dirty."

"Basically, I just hit my light switch when I hit the field and I don't turn it off until I leave the field," Fairley responded to the first set of criticism. "Basically, I'm just trying to come in there and be disruptive from the get-go."

He certainly doesn't come off in person as a guy with a nasty streak (although, frankly, I was kind of scared to ask him about it; that probably has more to do with me being easily crushable by anyone over 6'0).

And based on the fact that Fairley eschewed the Super Bowl parties Dallas offered in order to head home to Houston and keep training for the Combine, it's hard to take too much beef with him on the work ethic issue. Additionally, he seems to know what teams want.

"Oh of course," Fairley said when asked if he could turn the Panthers around. "Anywhere I go I'm going to try and dominate on the defensive side of the ball and have success real early and bring joy to the community."

It's interesting that he mentioned the "community" point, because that's something that will be important to the Panthers. They don't need Drew Brees-like savior or anything, but certainly they'll look for a marketable star who's well-received by the fan base.

Think Julius Peppers, who, ironically enough, was Fairley's hero growing up. (Although even he didn't do a pre-draft Twitter chat for Panthers fans only, which Fairley set up the Monday after the Super Bowl.)

Of course, Fairley wouldn't be Peppers 2.0 either, because they play different positions. He might be something closer, though, to what Tommie Harris was coming out of Oklahoma for Ron Rivera's 4-3 defense with the Bears -- a huge, disruptive presence in the middle of the defensive line.

Fairley's bigger than Harris, but the similarities still remain and the former Auburn star even threw out a "No doubt" when asked if he could have a similar impact.

First things first, though, and that means the NFL Combine. Fairley will leave Houston for Indianapolis later this month, and even though the future of professional football is as yet uncertain, and Fairley's status as the No. 1 overall pick is far from guaranteed, he seems confident that what he's doing right now -- and what he's doing in the future -- will give teams good reason to stop worrying about any preconceived notions they might have.

"I can't wait for it," Fairley said. "I'm gonna go out there and do the best I can and show the teams why they should select me as their No. 1 pick."

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Posted on: January 13, 2011 9:03 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 9:06 pm
 

Cam Newton debates can officially get started

Posted by Andy Benoit
C. Newton (US Presswire)
Let the discussion begin: where will Cam Newton land in the 2011 NFL Draft? The national champion quarterback and Heisman winner announced Thursday night that he will not be returning to Auburn.

The initial prognosis is there are myriad red flags with Newton – character perhaps being the most alarming. Newton brought with him to Auburn a checkered past from Florida. And while he has not been found guilty of any wrongdoing in regards to the alleged pay for play scam involving his father, the very fact that Newton’s father has gotten tangled up the issue will raise eyebrows around the NFL. What kind of environment did Newton grow up in?

Then there are questions about his on-field abilities. By all accounts, Newton is a better athlete than quarterback. He’ll likely be viewed as a Tim Tebow minus the character (aka a Vince Young). He has a stronger arm and better mechanics than Tebow, but he has less college experience, which shows in his limited progressions and reads.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:44 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Report: Panthers would take Luck No. 1 overall

Posted by Will Brinson

This may come as less of a surprise than the recent John Fox firing in Carolina, but word on the street is the Panthers would take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick if he leaves school early.

This report comes from as about as good a source as it can, Pat Yasinskas of ESPN, who spent a long time as the Panthers beat writer for the Charlotte Observer and who is currently in Charlotte.

Of course, one might not even need Yasinskas' sources in this case -- in his press conference Tuesday, Jerry Richardson said the Panthers wouldn't trade down if given the opportunity. Additionally, Jimmy Clausen was the worst quarterback in the NFL by almost any stretch of the imagination, and Luck is considered a stone-cold lock as the top prospect in the NFL Draft this year.

The possibility that the Panthers could open up the pick to trades still remains, if only because of the ridiculous value that Luck offers to a plethora of teams in need of a quarterback. But if Richardson's true to his word, the only obstacle is whether or not Luck comes out and is willing to play for the Panthers. 

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Posted on: December 19, 2010 1:17 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2010 2:51 pm
 

Casserly: 'Draft will go on as scheduled'

Posted by Will Brinson

Not a whole lot of information stemmed from the NFL owners' meetings in Fort Worth, Texas, outside of the repeated mantra that everyone wants collective bargaining to happen so there can be football in 2010.

However, CBS Sports' Charley Casserly learned that the owners also agreed to go forward with the NFL Draft in April (even after a presumed NFL lockout in March), albeit with some stipulations.

"The draft will go on as scheduled, April 28 through April 30, if there is a lockout though," Casserly said on The NFL Today. "Couple of changes though: Teams will not be able to contact or sign players that were not drafted during the draft. They can also not trade players during the draft, but they can trade picks, both present and future, during the draft."

Additionally, there will be limits as the to the interactions players both new and old can have with teams.

"During a lockout, players will not be allowed in their team facility -- they will only be able to communicate with trainers, doctors and HR personnel," Casserly said.



In other words, there's some "good faith" stuff going on here at least, because teams clearly want their young and old NFL players preparing -- to a degree anyway -- as if there will be an NFL season.

What makes the former part interesting is a situation similar to when Eli Manning and Philip Rivers were drafted -- the Chargers and Giants drafted and then swapped their respective franchise quarterbacks. That's a situation that would be against the rules -- San Diego would have needed New York to make the full move to the top spot in order to acquire Eli from them.

It doesn't completely change the makeup of the draft, but it does make swinging deals significantly more difficult, because once a player is locked into a team, he's locked into a team.

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Posted on: December 12, 2010 3:04 pm
 

Cam Newton discusses his potential NFL future

Posted by Will Brinson

Cam Newton cruised to the Heisman Trophy last night, thankfully avoiding a scandal in which we had to wonder whether or not we'd wrecked a young man's career without any actual proof that he did anything wrong.

But I digress, because I don't care how much people pay folks in college as long as they end up gracing the fields of the NFL, which Cam Newton will do at some point. Perhaps, even, as soon as 2011, given how much scrutiny he's under at Auburn right now. (Seriously, if you win the Heisman and maybe win the BCS Championship, you go pro. You just do. It's worth more than whatever Mississippi State was going to pay.)

He joined the crew at the mothership on The NFL Today to talk about winning the trophy and if he'd thought about the NFL and how his game would translate to the NFL.



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Posted on: December 12, 2010 11:35 am
 

Report: Luck will only leave if Harbaugh's gone

Posted by Will Brinson

Even though Cam Newton's the "best player in college football" (or whatever you want to call the Heisman Trophy winner), Andrew Luck is the current prize of the 2011 NFL Draft.

However, a report from ESPN's Chris Mortensen on Sunday indicated that Luck might not actually be available.

"Sources familiar with the thought process say Luck is more likely to return for his junior season if Jim Harbaugh remains his coach," Mortensen said. Potential injury and loss of wages will not weigh as heavily -- Luck planned on four years and a college degree."

In other words, the only real way to lure Harbaugh out is to get him hired by an NFL team (or another college team). The Panthers stand out as an obvious location for both guys, because they'll need a new coach after 2010 and are likely to hold the top spot in the NFL Draft.

However, Mort notes the Panthers would need "a stroke of luck" to get Harbaugh, who apparently would prefer staying on the West Coast.

That makes the position of the San Francisco 49ers very, very interesting because if the Niners hired Harbaugh, they'd probably be unlikely to grab Luck without making a deal. Given the strong connection between Luck and his coach, there's no question they'd be interested in moving up, but they certainly wouldn't be able to pretend they aren't desperate.

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