Newton comes back strong in pro day

March, 9, 2011
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Even Cam Newton said himself that his passing performance at the NFL combine left something to be desired.

The Auburn Heisman Trophy winner misfired on several shorter throws in Indianapolis that an NFL quarterback has to make.

So with five NFL head coaches among those in attendance Tuesday at Auburn's pro day, Newton was determined to show them the real Cam Newton when it comes to throwing the ball.

By all accounts, he did that and put on a much more impressive show with his ability to make all of the throws.

"Every single day I feel like I have coaching pointers," Newton said. "The combine was no different. I left there not happy with my performance, but came out today and wanted to focus on the things I didn't do well at the combine."

ESPN analyst Todd McShay was at the workout and said Newton demonstrated improved mechanics and generally helped himself.

McShay was also impressed with Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley's workout. Fairley had gained six pounds since the combine and weighed in at 297.

Fairley took part in only position drills, but according to McShay, wowed the scouts in attendance with his foot quickness during back work and his agility during cone drills.

"His burst out of every cut and change of direction was remarkable. The three teams at the top of the board -- Carolina, Denver, Buffalo -- all have defensive line needs and Fairley clearly has the physical tools to be worthy of any of those picks," McShay said.

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