Scout: Cam Newton is the next Ben Roethlisberger
Posted on: February 23, 2011 3:55 pm
INDIANAPOLIS: Actually, this is exactly what an African-American NFL scout stated about Cam Newton:
"Cam Newton is the black Ben Roethlisberger."
This is what he meant and his comparison had nothing to do with off-the-field. He meant strictly on it.
When looking at Newton now and Roethlisberger coming out of college the parallels are indeed interesting. Newton is far more decorated with a Heisman and national championship than Roethlisberger was coming out of Miami University but both men had size and big arms. Both were gritty. Both ran well. Both escaped sacks. Both won a lot of games.
Newton has a great deal to prove. He's done nothing on the NFL level but the Roethlisberger comparison is actually legitimate strictly in terms of deciphering who Newton best resembles in the pros now.
The scout was also making another type of statement with the comparison. There are plenty of personnel men who have expressed privately to me how they tire of the black quarterback to black quarterback comparisons when they aren't relevant. It's beyond stupid, for example, to compare Newton to Mike Vick. That's like comparing a Great Dane to a Jack Russell.
Maybe I shouldn't use dog analogies.
But you get the point.
The Cam Newton Show begins Thursday.