Originally when I heard about Cam Newton’s workout before the combine for media only and no scouts allowed, immediately this jumped out at me as a publicity grab. I was halfway expecting Don King to be the one promoting this. Despite everyone realizing the grab for attention, members of the media flocked to the event. What else is there to do the week after the Super Bowl and two weeks before the combine? Most liked what they saw; Trent Dilfer on the other hand was blown away by it going as far as to say he’ll skyrocket up the draft boards. I’ve attached below some quotes from the former Super Bowl Champion quarterback.
This is a guy that has a powerful arm. George Whitfield, his quarterback coach, has done a masterful job, coaching him from the feet up. He showed great balance. He showed great foot energy, as he did drop back and take snaps from under center. – Trent Dilfer
Dilfer isn’t the only one. I was watching ESPN earlier and saw that Mel Kiper Jr was talking about him being the first quarterback off the board and a bona fide top 5 pick. Mission accomplished on Newton’s end. He found a way to jump Blaine Gabbert in the media’s eyes by throwing a few passes. The only thing that baffles me is how he could rise so quickly based on a few throws in shorts. Dilfer says there was wind, but it was a routine with no cornerbacks or rushers, and receivers he’s familiar with. I don’t see how this automatically jumps him over everyone else making throws he was prepared to make. You want to see a quarterback at his best? Give him a pass rush, a collapsing pocket, or another bad situation and see how he reacts instinctively. Jimmy Clausen completed all of his passes at his workout and we all saw how that worked in the NFL. Dan Marino put it best when he said the following:
If I worked out a quarterback for an NFL team, he’d have to show me 100 throws off his back foot. – Dan Marino