March 08, 2011
Auburn pro day wrap-up
AUBURN, ALA. -- There were things other than Cam Newton going on here today.
But it was mostly Cam Newton. The Auburn QB recovered from a so-so combine with a solid showing at his pro day, and he did it in front of the decision-makers.
Carolina coach Ron Rivera, Denver coach John Fox and executive vice president John Elway, Buffalo general manager Buddy Nix, Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis, Arizona’s Ken Whisenhunt and Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert were on hand, meaning the top six picks in April’s draft were represented.
They saw a 54-of-65 passing performance which was much cleaner than the 11-of-21 at the combine, with much more authority on his passes.
-- DT Nick Fairley was working out on the other end of the field as Newton prepared, and had a good day of his own. Probably not enough to get the Panthers interested at 1, but plenty of people were looking. Be interesting to see how tomorrow's Alabama pro day will go, since Rivera and Fox (and likely more of the rest) will make the short drive to Tuscaloosa to see DT Marcell Dareus and others.
-- Speaking of future travel plans, Rivera said he was going to a load of pro days, but mentioned Alabama and Nebraska specifically. The second one's interesting, in that Cornhuskers CB Prince Amukamara could be part of his group of "8-to-10" players he wanted to research. LSU's Patrick Peterson is considered the top corner, but Rivera going to see Amukamara is a sign he might not be too far removed from that status.
-- Panthers QB coach Mike Shula wasn't here, but maybe it was just flashbacks. The former Alabama quarterback and coach was up the road at Arkansas watching Ryan Mallett's workout. Shula was 0-4 as the Crimson Tide's coach against their cross-state rivals.
-- Darin Gantt
Posted by Observer Sports on March 8, 2011 at 07:41 PM | Permalink
So he completed 83% of his passes to his own receivers, on his own field, during his own orchestrated workout day, while wearing shorts.
Please tell me this is all a smokescreen.
Posted by: JF | Mar 8, 2011 7:56:07 PM
A bunch of those passes against air would have been picked off by even "decent" defenders. I wasn't impressed.
Posted by: Pantherz1 | Mar 8, 2011 8:20:42 PM
smokescreen....coach rivera has to do this...
I am glad shula was at Mallet's pro day....
that guy will be a better pro.....
Posted by: Scott | Mar 8, 2011 8:25:56 PM
Yes he did and what are you implying. If the Panthers took Cam right now he'd be the best quarterback on the roster. You'd be idiots not to take him but it doesn't really matter. You guys can bring back Red Grange if you'd like, this decade will be dominated by the STAR!!!
Posted by: AP | Mar 8, 2011 8:26:57 PM
have you heard reports of mallet's showing today? He was impressive with his big arm...
Mallet is the type of player that will be a better pro than he was at college....look at our Steve Smith....the kid has the arm to open the field for our backs to run like crazy.....
Posted by: Scott | Mar 8, 2011 8:32:35 PM
YOU GUYS ARE DISGUSTING SO INSECURE THE BLACK GUY IS GREAT AND GOOD LOOKING AND YOU GUYS JUST CAN'T SWALLOW IT
Posted by: felix | Mar 8, 2011 8:38:58 PM
FELIX: QUIT "YELLING" ON COMMENTS! We can hear your idiotic comment just fine without you SCREAMING IT.
Posted by: Sam Vimes | Mar 8, 2011 8:59:57 PM
Posted by: Appstatepanther | Mar 8, 2011 9:00:01 PM
I am not sure what you guys were watching if you weren't impressed by Newton. He looks like he has a world of potential to me. I also think he will go #1 to us when all is said & done. I am not so sure the Panthers can pass on this kid & not live to regret it.
Posted by: Smiley | Mar 8, 2011 9:01:06 PM
I say draft the guy and build around him. Give him his shot. He's as much of a proven winner as anyone has ever been in college football. What in the world do the Panthers have to lose? This guy is going to be a stud. We can get in on it or watch it from a distance.
Posted by: newnate | Mar 8, 2011 9:06:07 PM
So was Rivera impressed? I have no idea if Newton is good enough to be #1 but I'll trust the coaches more than anything Kiper or any other talking heads say. Kiper already snookered the Panthers into taking Clausen last year. I think the amount of trade offers we receive will tell a lot about the value of Newton.
Posted by: hambone | Mar 8, 2011 9:10:17 PM
Mallet will be a classic pocket passer. Of course this is also by necessity since he ran a 40 today slower than OL and DL run it. He might be able to outrun a kicker. I hope if he comes to the Panthers that we get a super duper blocking OL. Because he will scramble as good as Delhomme.
Posted by: Jake | Mar 8, 2011 9:26:24 PM
My name is Mr.Scot, but you can call me Oscar. You know that ass know it all from The Office? Cam sucks, I'm right I always am. I should know I'm me.
Posted by: Mr.Scot | Mar 8, 2011 9:42:12 PM
The #1 slot is Newton's to lose. If he fumbled the meet and greet portion of Pro Day, then he's in trouble. But I think the Panthers are so set on picking a QB that Newton is their guy -- http://biy.ly/NFLMockDraft3 -- Newton has so much upside that it's hard not to take him first overall. And if you're worried about him becoming a bust like JaMarcus Russell, I say don't worry -- http://bit.ly/NEWCBA
Posted by: Lech112 | Mar 8, 2011 9:42:33 PM
Mallet ran a 5.37 40. He is a tree. He isn't even an athlete. He has ZERO upper body muscle, skinny legs, and absolutely no definition. He has a pouch for a stomach. There's no way that string bean will be able to take hits from LBs and DEs hitting him off the edge. He's better built for baseball.
Posted by: Al | Mar 8, 2011 9:51:40 PM
how could you pass up on Cam Newton! panthers wake up!
Posted by: steventhomley | Mar 8, 2011 10:11:10 PM
Come on Panthers! Cam Newton is the answer!
Posted by: steventhomley | Mar 8, 2011 10:13:33 PM
What happends if Carolina does select Cam N #1 overall and he was to flop after 1yr? Would his supporters/fans in general "give up" on him after 1yr( like Clausen) and start to clamoring for Luck(if they was to end up with the #1 overall pick again in 2012)?
Cam N does have a lot of upside(who doesn't), but if you don't have a great system to utilize his talents, he could also be a bust. Cam N should sit and learn, especially transitioning from an option spread to a pro-style offense. He never had been ask to read defenses, accuracy on deep balls is suspect, needs to get better on his 3,5, and 7 step drops. The great thing about Newton is he has a good work ethic to get better. I don't see how he can be compare to J Russell.
I also don't recall a team selecting in the top 5 drafting a "project", unless you throw him into the wolves. Matter of fact most player selected in the top 10 are day 1 starters. Will Cam N be a day 1 starter? It's bad enough they draft AE, who is a project and converted him to WR and now ppl are calling him a bust after 1yr. None of else doesn't even know if our new coaching staff can actually develop a Qb. But oh well let's keep drafting Qb's for the next 5yrs(until you get it right) instead of actually trying to develop them.
Posted by: oh wow | Mar 8, 2011 10:29:39 PM
Yep go ahead and select Newton #1 overall. I bet his supporters will be the 1st ppl to throw him under the bus as well if he was to suck after a couple of games.
What shame seeing fans "give up" on a player after 1yr. Wouldn't be surprise the same happends to Newton. What the hell do they expect, an All Pro/Pro Bowl Qb his rookie yr.
Nice way to waist 2 picks on Clausen and Pike if they were going to select Cam N. Would result in how Hurney should have been fired a yr or 2 ago. Adding another Qb will not help without a good veteran to mentor him.
Bad enough they have the youngest roster with the fewest starts in the league. Will Cam N be a day 1 starter? Can't read defense, questionable footwoork, etc etc. You don't want to rush him in the game.
Posted by: jerome | Mar 8, 2011 10:35:05 PM
To all know-it-alls that think the Panthers are blowing smoke, well think again, they don't have to, they have the NUMBER ONE PICK! So get over yourselves, CAM NEWTON WILL BE THE PANTHERS NUMBER ONE PICK! And thank you Mr. Richardson for getting this team back on a winning track which is something the team has not been in a long time. Picking Cam makes the Panthers relevance again!
Posted by: Trey | Mar 8, 2011 10:35:59 PM
"Come on Panthers! Cam Newton is the answer!"
Wouldn't be surprise if they were again have the #1 overall pick and hear how Luck is the answer. It never ends.
I guess whoever wins the heisman trophy/national championship he deserve to be #1 by defualt?
Posted by: j johnson | Mar 8, 2011 10:37:08 PM
"To all know-it-alls that think the Panthers are blowing smoke, well think again, they don't have to, they have the NUMBER ONE PICK! So get over yourselves, CAM NEWTON WILL BE THE PANTHERS NUMBER ONE PICK! And thank you Mr. Richardson for getting this team back on a winning track which is something the team has not been in a long time. Picking Cam makes the Panthers relevance again!".
That this is funny, because none of us know who they will select. I do recall Ron R saying they are looking at 8-10 players. They didn't say which one. If Cam N was to flop, we would hear how JR is a bad owner etc etc.
Posted by: j johnson | Mar 8, 2011 10:39:04 PM
"I say draft the guy and build around him. Give him his shot. He's as much of a proven winner as anyone has ever been in college football."
What that vote goes to Tim T, Matt L, etc etc who all had better college careers than Newton. How many players who won both the heisman/national title had fared in the nfl? Sure doesn't look good.
"What in the world do the Panthers have to lose? This guy is going to be a stud. We can get in on it or watch it from a distance."
If he becomes a bust, then it would waist of a pick period. Especially #1 overall when we passed over the likes of PP, Aj G, and so many others. Thats what they have to lose. Nobody knows how good a player is going to be without playing a down in the nfl.
Posted by: j johnson | Mar 8, 2011 10:43:28 PM
1. What happends if the Panthers don't draft Newton?
2. Would the complainers cry over it, knowing he will have to sit and learn, while we get an impact who can play right away?
3. Or they won't no longer attend the games?
Posted by: oh wow | Mar 8, 2011 10:46:20 PM
Why does Hurney still have a job? With his recent gambles of trading away high draft picks, he would have been fire from any team by now.
With no 2nd round will hurt bad, rather it's a smoke screen or not. You better stock up picks to address your needs. With the possibility of a new CBA in place, they probably will address some of their needs in FA. Such as DT, a veteran Qb in Billy V, etc etc.
Even if they select Cam, will he make an impact rightaway? I doubt as someone mention he needs time to develop. But knowing this fanbase of always asking for the next guy so quickly, he will be rush into the field.
Posted by: mark j | Mar 8, 2011 10:50:50 PM
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