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Cam Newton (QB)
  • Height:
    6'5"
  • Weight:
    248 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 3/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 7/8 in.
  • College:
    Auburn
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: Carolina Panthers
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 1 (1)

Pick Analysis: The Panthers take the most electrifying player in college football to become the new face of their franchise. In a division with three legitimate quarterbacks, the Panthers had to select Newton to give them a chance to eventually become a serious player in the NFC South. Although he is far from polished as a quarterback, his pure talent and athleticism make him a worthwhile gamble as the top overall pick.
Combine Stats
  • Bench Press- -
  • 3 Cone Drill6.92 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.18 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
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Overview

Newton is one of the most athletically gifted quarterbacks in draft history. Possesses a quick, clean release, enough arm strength to complete the deep out, prototypical size, and is a dangerous threat outside of the pocket. However, he has a ways to go before turning into a productive, reliable NFL starter. Was not asked to make pro-style reads or move through progressions in college. Footwork is sloppy and accuracy is inconsistent. He's competitive and vocal on the field, but has had several off-the-field issues and his character is in question. Despite the risk, Newton's talent will likely prevent him from lasting past the middle of the first round.


Strengths

Newton has a rare blend of height, strength and speed. Fierce competitor and emotional leader. Flashes the ability to zip the ball into tight spots. Has a quick, over-the-top delivery. Puts a ton of revolutions on the ball and can make all the throws. Frequently evades the rush for second-chance opportunities. Threat to pick up large chunks when he tucks.

Weaknesses

Not proficient at going through his progressions or making NFL reads. Doesn't anticipate receivers getting open, must see them in a window. Inconsistent accuracy due to poor footwork and falling away to avoid a big hit. Despite athleticism, needs to improve his drop mechanics and the finer points of pocket mobility. Numerous off the field issues worth investigating.

Grade

8.1

 

Video Playlist

  1. Cam on being No.1 overall

    Published: April 28, 2011 at 08:19 p.m.

    Panthers QB Cam Newton speaks to Deion Sanders after he is selected with the first overall pick.

  2. 2011 Draft Profile - QB Cam Newton, Auburn

    Published: April 7, 2011 at 01:19 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

  3. Cam Newton scouting report

    Published: March 15, 2011 at 07:33 p.m.

    Charles Davis and Michael Lombardi evaluate the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner and discuss which team may call his name come draft day.

  4. First Draft: Cam Newton

    Published: March 15, 2011 at 07:06 p.m.

    Heisman-winning QB Cam Newton sits down with NFL Network cameras to discuss what drives him on and off the football field.

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