Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Cam Newton shows accuracy at pro day
By Pat Yasinskas
Cam Newton’s pro day at Auburn University just ended and the early reviews are positive.
Newton, who was inconsistent in his passing at the combine, showed much improvement in that area as he worked out in front of dozens of NFL coaches and front-office workers, including Carolina head coach Ron Rivera, who holds the No. 1 pick in the April draft.
Newton, who has been under intense scrutiny for some incidents in his background, an attitude that sometimes seems flamboyant and the fact that he didn’t run a true pro-style offense in college, went out of his way to be accommodating.
He wandered around the field for nearly four hours while his teammates, including defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who is expected to be an early draft pick, went through drills. Newton did all that at the combine and his only role Tuesday was to throw.
He did that part well. Newton, working exclusively under center opened the workout by throwing 60 passes. Fifty of those were caught and several more were dropped. That should help answer questions about his accuracy and footwork.
Newton completed the first 19 passes he threw and seemed to be especially accurate on long throws. At the completion of his 60th throw, teams were asked if they wanted to see Newton make any more throws. Two teams put in requests and Newton threw five more passes. Four were complete and one was dropped.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said Newton threw the ball much better than he did at the combine. But McShay said he still has Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert ranked slightly ahead of Newton. McShay said his reason is Gabbert has been more accurate on a consistent basis.