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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 NFLDraftScout.com and others had reported earlier in the week that Auburn QB Cam Newton, the 11th ranked prospect by CBSSports.com, "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.

This entry was cross-posted from Rob Rang's NFL Draft Blog. For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:36 pm
 

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Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Source: Newton 'perfect' in Indy team interview

Newton has all the excuses at the ready. WR's from other conferences? Did he think that the combine was for the SEC only? He can't read a defense, he's a theif, his father tries to extort money from universities.
He has a million dollar arm, a ten cent brain, and no morals. I think the raiders should draft him.



Since: Nov 26, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 11:18 pm
 

Source: Newton 'perfect' in Indy team interview

At the end of the day, what's going to hurt Newton is the following:
1. Teams are going to go with the guy who can contribute immediately. We're in an era now where coaches and gms get fired after one year of mediocrity, so the pressure to succeed NOW is immense. Because Newton only had one real year of experience at the collegiate level, because he played in a spread offense and because he's not regarded as extremely intelligent, it's too much of a stretch to believe that he's more "pro ready" than Gabbert or even Locker for that matter.

2. There's still a huge question about his character. When I say "character" I'm not just talking about how honest he is or isn't. I'm talking about his poise, maturity and leadership skills. Is he the type of player who will take on the burden of being an unselfish leader or is he the type of kid who will point the finger at others and make excuses for himself if things don't instantly go his way?

I don't believe that Cam will be able to be an effective starting QB in the NFL anytime soon. Carolina would be foolish to invest the first overall pick in the draft on him, when they can pick someone like Bowers or Darius who will give the a building block who will be productive immediately. If they wanted to trade down a few spots to get Gabbert and stockpile draft picks while doing that, it would be an even better idea.

I know that people think it's racist to compare Cam to Jamarcus Russell, but there's no one else other than Akili Smith that you can compare Newton to. Gabbert and Locker are similiar to Matt Ryan or Sam Bradford who are obviously two guys who've succeeded immediately in the NFL. It's quite apparent that Cam still has alot of mechanics to work on in addition to learning how to read defenses. He's a great athlete who still has to learn how to be a QB both mentally and mechanically. Picking him too early and forcing him to play now will only set him up for failure. With that said, don't be surprised if he drops to the mid to late first round before his name is called.



Since: Jul 10, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2011 8:51 am
 

Source: Newton 'perfect' in Indy team interview

A high-ranking NFL source countered what NFLDraftScout.com and others had Auburn QB Cam Newton, , "struggled" in team interviews conducted at the Combine.

Nothing in this statement indicates the Source of the quotes was a Colts representative. The Combine was in Indy.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2011 9:57 pm
 

Source: Newton 'perfect' in Indy team interview

Did  you even read the article above?  The Colts offensive Coaches said that he 'did well on the white board' and 'knew where to throw the ball on hot routes, ect'.  In short, this completely refutes your statement and the statements were made by people that know a little something about what's required at the NFL level.  Nobody said he is going to Indy.....the Indy Coach simply said that he and other offensive Coaches from other teams described Cam's interview responses as 'perfect'.  You are just another envious Sunday morning QB with no life who hates on Cam because of the success he's enjoyed on the field at EVERY level.  Get a grip, donkey.



Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Source: Newton 'perfect' in Indy team interview

There is no chance in any universe- infinite as they may be- he goes to Indy.

Not a prayer!

This guy will bomb in the NFL. 

He can't read defenses and he will be overwhelmed by the speed. 




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2011 8:41 pm
 

Source: Newton 'perfect' in Indy team interview

"......He still sucks?"

You are obviously biased and stupid.  He may not win a Super Bowl his first year but to say 'he sucks' is laughable.  Wake up, smacker.



Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Source: Newton 'perfect' in Indy team interview

who cares about his interview so he can smooth talk people. he still sucks


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