Dilfer: Newton will soar up draft boards

February, 10, 2011
2/10/11
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Auburn quarterback Cam Newton worked out Thursday. The Carolina Panthers, who hold the No. 1 pick in the draft, weren’t there.

Neither was any representative of any other NFL team. The workout was for the media only. Teams will get a look at Newton at the scouting combine or private workouts later on. But they’ll also be able to see some film of Thursday’s workout because it’s out there now.

Was Newton’s workout enough to lift his draft stock? Well, if you look below, you’ll get to hear ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer break down Newton’s workout. Dilfer is a guy who never has been afraid to say what’s on his mind.

He said Newton’s stock should “skyrocket’’ and NFL front-office types and coaches will get very excited about the quarterback. Dilfer made it sound like Newton answered any questions about his ability to be a strong passer in the NFL. The former quarterback said Newton excelled in a series of throws that were much more challenging than what usually takes place in workouts.

Wonder if the Panthers have seen the tape yet?

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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