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Newton throwing at Combine, Gabbert isn't

Posted on: February 21, 2011 9:21 pm
In the race to be the first quarterback selected in the 2011 NFL Draft, Auburn's Cam Newton is getting a head start over Missouri' Blaine Gabbert.

Newton, according to the NFL Network , has decided he will be throwing passes at this week's Combine. Gabbert, according to USA Today's Jim Corbett , is not expected to throw in Indianapolis and will instead wait until his Pro Day.

Both quarterbacks have questions to answer after starring in spread offenses in college. The schemes were shotgun-heavy and simplified the reads with which each passer had to make. Scouts want to see how well Newton and Gabbert drop back from center and how accurately they throw on the move.

Newton and Gabbert's decisions, though opposite,  weren't entirely unexpected.

Newton successfully created a buzz for himself in holding a media-only throwing session February 11 outside of San Diego, California. If he'd elected to not throw at the Combine, Newton would have risked killing whatever momentum he'd built for himself and potentially angering NFL teams.

Gabbert, on the other hand, is considered by most to be this year's top quarterback. As the leader, the pressure isn't quite as great on him to perform. While NFL scouts certainly would love to see Gabbert show some competitive spirit and throw in Indianapolis, it is pretty tough to argue with his decision. After all, the agency that represents Gabbert -- Creative Artists Agency -- has represented several quarterbacks in recent years who elected not to work out at the Combine and successfully boosted their stock with strong Pro Day performances. Recent CAA quarterbacks include Sam Bradford, Matt Stafford and Matt Ryan. Each elected not to throw in Indianapolis. Bradford and Stafford were the No. 1 overall picks of the 2010 and 2009 drafts, respectively. Ryan was the first quarterback selected and the third overall pick in 2008.


Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:12 pm

Newton throwing at Combine, Gabbert isn't

actually i would take newton over anyone cuz i dont thinkes hes lost a game in his life

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 4:55 pm

Newton throwing at Combine, Gabbert isn't

I have seen both QB's in person and see them both as solid NFL QB's  Just not the immediate impact types teams like the Titans and Vikings need.  If they do like Aaron Rodgers did and sit and learn for 2-3 years, then the sky is the limit for both of them.  If a team wants immediate help as Bradford, Sanchez, and Matti Ice were forced into, then Ryan Mallett is a better choice based on thr Pro System he worked in.  Given the time  both of these young QB's  will be just fine  but If I were a NFL GM  I'd take my time in developing them before throwing them to the wolves.

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2011 3:14 pm
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Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 2:32 pm

Newton throwing at Combine, Gabbert isn't

What is the fun in not debating who should be hirer rated QB?  I can give you my reasoning in more detail if it helps. Here is why I think Newton is going to be a good NFL QB & why he should be ranked ahead of Gabbert.

#1. Newton is a winner. He seems to be able to will his team to wins. That is a trait you can't coach. He has that "it" factor & seems to be a great leader at the position where that means more than anything. What did Gabbert win in college? Before you start crying about Gabbert having no talent remember that he was starting at QB when both Maclin & Alexander were at Mizzou.

#2. Great throwing mechanics. Newton's footwork is suspect but his release, delivery, etc aren't. He can make all of the throws. He can throw on the run and in the pocket. Gabbert isn't getting any dings in this department either. His mechanics are also sound.

#3. Productivity. Newton gets dinged for lacking experience but IMO that is a plus. That means he also hasn't had the time to form a lot of bad habits. Plus when he did get a chance he capitalized in a big way vs the best competition in the country in the SEC. Gabbert really never has put up big numbers despite playing in a pass happy system vs some incredibly weak defenses in the Big 12.

#4. Physical ability. Newton is perhaps the best physical specimen ever at QB. It is hard to argue with 6'6" 250 & this dude is also incredibly athletic. Newton has #1 overall pick ability.

#5. Competitiveness. This article says it all. Newton could just sit back & assume that he will go in the top 15 because of the things I have already mentioned. Instead Newton wants to be the #1 pick so he is going through the entire workout at the combine. He could very well end up getting his wish. The Panthers are far from set at QB & this kid has the type of talent that puts him in the mix for the top spot.

As far as comparison's go I think Newton is more like Josh freeman from TB than any other player. Both are big & athletic. Newton has way better mechanics than Vince Young ever has had or will have. Newton is also bigger, stronger & faster than Young is. If you want Josh Freeman 2.0 then you pick Newton. As a Panthers fan I think this guy really should be in the discussion. Besides, when has a dude named Blaine ever inspired confidence in anyone?  

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 12:42 pm

Newton throwing at Combine, Gabbert isn't

respected, please quit talking out of your a$$, if you would take cam over the best the nfl has to offer, then im sure you arent as respected as your screen name implies, because thats about the stupidest thing ive ever heard in my life, and i can guarentee you that not a single nfl gm/owner/coach would agree with you

luffsta, people said the same thing about rodgers and bradford coming out of college, and both have wound up being pretty solid quarterbacks, your comparing their college careers which is a no-no to begin with, if you think for 1 second that gabbert had equal talent at missouri as cam newton had at auburn, your way off, but gabbert is also being labeled as lazy which is a big red flag to me (remember jamarcus russell?) but the reason there is a debate about these 2 is because cam is a spread offense, run first quarterback, similar to vince young who hasnt worked out so far in the pros, granted i believe cam newton throws a much more accurate pass than young did, and should be an all-around better player than young has been, but that doesnt mean i believe he is a top 5 talent, more like top 15, although im sure he will go in the top 10 

i believe cam will be drafted before any other quarterback because of the upside, but personally i believe this years class is filled with a bunch of 2nd round quarterbacks, in which a few (2-3) quarterbacks will luck out and get drafted in the first, newton sets himself apart from the rest of the quarterback class simply because of his mobility, people are saying the bills at 3 will take cam, but i dont think buffalo is where cam will be successful, the bills have alot of holes to fill, now if he were to slip to miami, i can definitely see him being successful in sporano's system, but i just dont see alot of differences between the rest of the qb's in the draft, gabbert/mallett/locker/ponder etc..  they all seem like the could be very good quarterbacks if they find the right system, a couple of sleepers that i think could end up being solid pros in the future are pat develin, and colin kaepernick, develin is very accurate, quick release, and should be a 2nd-3rd round selection, kaepernick reminds me alot of jake locker, but with a more accuarte arm, granted locker is more nfl ready right now, but with the right coaching kaepernick could be a solid qb in a few years, and a team could probably get him with a 4th or 5th round pick with all of these other quarterbacks mentioned garnering all the attention   

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 12:27 pm

Newton throwing at Combine, Gabbert isn't

Can you say... JaMarcus Newton???

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 12:26 pm

Newton throwing at Combine, Gabbert isn't

Can you say... JaMarcus Newton???

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 12:26 pm

Newton throwing at Combine, Gabbert isn't

 if i had 1 game right now id pick cam newton over brady manning rodgers big ben...hes just that kinda guy that if you need 8 yards for firrst down he will get you nine.but he has that it factor tebow was first round pick for his it factor and this kid is a thousand times better than tebow! i think he needs to go to west coast offense and he could be the goal line back hes unstoppable ive never seen him get stopped he always gets atleast 2 yards! but overall this kid should be first pick hands down and if he sucks at qb he will be a great wide receiver or tight end!! hes hands down best ahtlete in the world right now!

Holy crap...what are you smoking?  Take the as yet undrafted rookie over Tom Brady, Manning (I assume you mean Peyton not Eli), Rogers or Rothlesberger with "1 game" to go?  Why, because you think he's better than Tim Tebow -- who has done what in the NFL?  You do not take a QB #1 because you think he might be able to play WR or TE if he's a bust at QB---if you are not 100% sure that this guy is a franchise type QB you do not draft him #1 and pay him #1 pick/QB money to maybe be a WR or TE (two positions he has never played) at the NFL level.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 12:21 pm

Newton throwing at Combine, Gabbert isn't

I'm with you. I have no idea why people even think Gabbert is a first round prospect much less the best QB in this draft. The dude played in a pass happy spread offense & threw for 17 TDs.

I am not going to get into the debate of who should be the higher rated prospect, Gabbert or Newton, but Gabbert is clearly a first round prospect.  You cannot go just by last seasons numbers -- those numbers have to take into account a decline in the strength/experience of Missouri's WR/TE/RB/OL etc etc., rushing TDs, etc.  Lots of things.  Looking at Gabbert, he has the size, mobility and arm strength to be a very good NFL QB (how good?  like with every prospect we'll have to wait and see).  He can make all of the throws and has not turned the ball over much.  "Prospect" wise, he is definately one of the top QBs in this years draft.  Where he ultimately ends up, both in the draft and career performance, only time will tell whether he's closer to Tom Brady and Peyton Manning or Heath Shuler, Akili Smith, Tim Couch, et al.

Since: Feb 7, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2011 12:07 pm

Newton throwing at Combine, Gabbert isn't

Newton is a ton like Vince Young, but I thought Vince was a little better in college. Vince and Cam are both the same size, both throw the long ball, both run gracefully, and both won national chamipionships. I think both were incredible in college and will have simular pro careers. Its weird to think that both Vince and Cam are available and people are only talking about Cam. Honestly, I don't think Gabbert is all that good; but no one is better. 

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