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Cam Newton could be NFL bound

John Taylor of CollegeFootballTalk.com broached the topic in October, and the likelihood appears to increase as each negative news item involving Auburn’s prolific quarterback emerges.

Cam Newton may be headed for the NFL.

The Heisman Trophy favorite is believed to be in danger of losing his eligibility, perhaps for the duration of the college season, as the NCAA and Southeastern Conference conduct probes into the dealings of Newton’s father with Mississippi State.  Newton transferred from Florida to Blinn College following the 2008 season, ultimately landing at Auburn. Mississippi State narrowly lost the recruiting battle.

During the course of Cam’s recruitment, however, Newton’s father is accused of asking Mississippi State for between $100,000 and $180,000 to deliver his son to the Bulldogs.  Naturally, the accusation raises questions as to whether coach Gene Chizik’s program paid Newton.  But you can refer to the sister site for that sort of speculation.

Newton has played three seasons of college football and redshirted another, so he’s a fourth-year junior and eligible for the 2011 NFL draft.  This season, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound dual-threat quarterback has put up numbers that may be unrepeatable. Newton has led Auburn to a No. 2 ranking and 10-0 record while accounting for 35 touchdowns (19 passing, 15 rushing, one receiving).

If Newton returns to school, it’s unlikely that his stock would improve.

Which means the Bills, Panthers, 49ers, Cardinals, Seahawks, Jaguars, Dolphins, and Vikings likely have a new quarterback to scout for next April’s draft.

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33 Responses to “Cam Newton could be NFL bound”
  1. deanvernonwormer says: Nov 12, 2010 9:54 PM

    He might stay in college for his fourth year of eligibility. It all depends upon how much Auburn is willing to pay him.

  2. satanphoenix says: Nov 12, 2010 9:55 PM

    He better score real good on the wonderlic if he wants to play QB in the NFL. The record for spread offense QB’s transitioning to the NFL is not that good.

  3. realitypolice says: Nov 12, 2010 10:10 PM

    Newton would have come out for the draft this year whether this controversy had surfaced or not.

  4. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Nov 12, 2010 10:20 PM

    Who’s “Chizik”?

  5. descendency says: Nov 12, 2010 10:24 PM

    You’d be insane to return if you are him. His stock is as high as it goes.

    If he wins the Heisman and a national title, what does he have to return for? More broke college girl tail? I think he can move to the big league – where Elliot Spitzer plays.

  6. gatorprof says: Nov 12, 2010 10:29 PM

    Evan,

    Re:”This season, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound dual-threat quarterback has put up numbers that may be unrepeatable. Newton has led Auburn to a No. 2 ranking and 10-0 record while accounting for 35 touchdowns (19 passing, 15 rushing, one receiving).”

    Cam is a beast, but he does have a long way to go to put up unrepeatable numbers…2007 wasn’t all that long ago.

  7. packfaninpackland says: Nov 12, 2010 10:31 PM

    How do you punish a college player (or whose parents) took tens of thousands of dollars inappropriately ???

    You give him an NFL contract worth millions.

    Boy THAT’LL teach his a$$ !

    It’s a wonder than more hot prospect college players don’t do that.

  8. pk4u says: Nov 12, 2010 10:38 PM

    Evan, actually according to Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, Cam Newton could improve his stock for the NFL greatly by returning to AUburn for another season. Watch their interview

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5791645

  9. gpatrick15 says: Nov 12, 2010 10:54 PM

    Is he worth a 1st round pick? And if so, will he actually play qb or transition to another position?

  10. pk4u says: Nov 12, 2010 11:02 PM

    Kiper and Mcshay seem to agree that he needs another year to develop, but he will be a high first round, top few pick if he does this. Main area for improvement is making reads and check downs in the passing game. If he can show the mental aspect, his size, arm strength, and quickness are incredible

  11. pk4u says: Nov 12, 2010 11:03 PM

    They are projecting him at the QB position

  12. Deb says: Nov 12, 2010 11:17 PM

    Oh no, you don’t, Evan Silva!! Until we get to the bottom of all this sassy Southern intrigue, you pro guys can leave this story with JT. Nothing personal, but dissecting the annual scandals is half the fun of being an SEC fan–and we’re not finished yet! ;)

    As for Cam, like any accused, he’s entitled to the presumption of innocence. If he’s ineligible for the Georgia game, he’s been ineligible all year. So Auburn should fight for the title and make the NCAA strip it if need be rather than being intimidated into sitting Newton before the investigation concludes.

    (So much for the jerks who insisted my “innocent until proved guilty” defense of Roethlisberger was about being a Steelers homer. This Bama diehard hates no team more than Auburn. But a principle is a principle.)

  13. realitypolice says: Nov 12, 2010 11:21 PM

    He certainly has earned a shot to try to make it as a QB in the NFL.

    I just hope that if it becomes apparent that the differences in systems and skill sets between college and NFL quarterbacking are going to preclude him being a stand out QB, he will be able to swallow his pride and make the switch.

    Because as anyone who saw his catch in the endzone a couple weeks ago can attest to, this guy is an amazing athlete and would be a match up nightmare as a WR.

  14. Florios thong underwear says: Nov 12, 2010 11:27 PM

    Cam = Akili Smith…….. Bungles draft pick.

  15. smithopher says: Nov 12, 2010 11:41 PM

    It makes me laugh that the Dolphins are on this list and the Jets aren’t. Henne isn’t quite Mark Sanchez, now is he, feeeshies? Can’t wait to see my Jets play the Dolphins with Pennington throwing the ball, the run game will be EXTRA stuffed when the secondary doesn’t have to worry about the ball travelling further than 15 yards. Marshall will need to be working that YAC REAL HARD to get the numbers he’s trying to get.

  16. paintman34 says: Nov 13, 2010 12:12 AM

    y r the dolphins in the mix i still think it can be henne and im against the QB switch

  17. rebalynne says: Nov 13, 2010 1:13 AM

    OMG! If the NFL even sniffs around this guy there’s nothing but trouble. I’d draft him and offer $15.00 a year. Then he turns it down and has to sit out a year. Goodell will have private detectives following him 24/7. HEY! That’s one thing Goodell should do and it would be right!

    If he wins the award, that would be the 3rd one yanked from a player! Nice record for that type of committee. Is George Bush on that committee?

  18. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Nov 13, 2010 1:15 AM

    I smell bust.

    Akili Smith and Jamarcus Smith all over again. One good year, great measurables, questionable head.

    Who’ll be the sucker this time?

  19. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Nov 13, 2010 1:15 AM

    Russell. Jamarcus Russell.

  20. descendency says: Nov 13, 2010 1:49 AM

    @pk4u

    Those are the same idiots who were riding Jevan Snead until about the middle of the season last year until they mysteriously dropped his stock like a rock.

    What gave? They obviously finally turned on some game film, because Snead wouldn’t have sniffed a 3rd round grade if you had any football knowledge (sure, he had the tools, but his head is awful).

    As for how that applies to Newton: He has the tools, has the production (on field, his head looks fine), and has what will probably be outstanding combine potential. Can he start day 1? Maybe as a sub-package QB (QB Dive, Wildcat, etc). Work him in over a 3-4 year development period.

    There is one thing you can’t deny: The guy’s upside is huge, if you can tap it. And every coach thinks they can.

    I’m betting he is drafted before Mel and Todd’s love child: Jake Locker.

  21. true2dasilverblack says: Nov 13, 2010 2:41 AM

    He’d be stupid to return back to school… Hype wise you can’t get any higher…

    In recent memory that I can think of Leinar, Locker, and Snead are a few that slipped up and should have left when they were at their hype peak even though talent wise they weren’t…

    Snead was a 1st rounder no doubt… But he stayed in college and tanked horribly…

    Leinart stayed and lost millions in draft position…

    Locker was possibly going #1 last year and now who really knows… Could lose million just like Leinart…

  22. dawgpoundx19 says: Nov 13, 2010 2:49 AM

    How quickly people forget that Newton was dismissed from UF after being arrested for stealing laptops. Character seems to be a big question despite his talent.

  23. effthaeffinjetsgofins says: Nov 13, 2010 4:46 AM

    It didn’t seem to matter when Pennington beat that arse twice in 2008 smithopher. effdajets

    Oh and you morons Pennington can still throw forty yards on the mark. You guys watch too much espn.

  24. rebalynne says: Nov 13, 2010 5:16 AM

    Leinart sucked if he stayed in school or if he left. If Cam leaves for the NFL (GOD FORBID) before he graduates… his famous line will be “would you like fries with that sir”? One hit, gone. Where’s the education? He’s not even getting that I hear. He’s failing every class! That’s another thing the NCAA should investigate is his grades!!!

    I’m SO glad he didn’t go to State. He doesn’t have the class to pull off being a Bulldog.

  25. brasho says: Nov 13, 2010 7:00 AM

    satanphoenix says:
    Nov 12, 2010 9:55 PM
    He better score real good on the wonderlic if he wants to play QB in the NFL. The record for spread offense QB’s transitioning to the NFL is not that good.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    He better score “good”… I wonder how “well” you would have scored on the Wonderlic.

    What’s the value of a college education? Apparently for the Newton family it is somewhere between $100K-$200K… of course for most of us it doesn’t pay off before you finish school.

    As for Newton and his draft prospects. Physically, he is no JaMarcus Russell. Newton is very lean with sudden physical movement, something Russell never was. He his far more reminiscent of Josh Freeman, only far faster. Where he is different than Freeman is as raw as Freeman was coming out of college, Newton is far more raw as a passer. Newton will undoubtedly be a 1st round passer, but he will take far longer to develop as a passer than most as he is often a one read then run collegiate QB that has played in a very gimmicky version of the run spread offense (for one season). He has great size, great speed, an excellent arm, but not nearly enough experience trying to push the ball downfield (many games throwing as a few as 14 passes).

    As a QB prospect, from a physical standpoint he is excellent, from a experience and ability to lead and execute a pro offense he is a complete unknown. He and Colin Kapernick of Nevada are very intriguing NFL QB prospects but many teams willl be reluctant to put their franchise into the hands of these unknown QBs.

  26. brasho says: Nov 13, 2010 7:04 AM

    true2dasilverblack says:
    Nov 13, 2010 2:41 AM
    He’d be stupid to return back to school… Hype wise you can’t get any higher…

    Snead was a 1st rounder no doubt… But he stayed in college and tanked horribly…

    +++++++++++++++++

    It isn’t hype that gets you drafted, it’s the measurables and college experience. Jake Locker was vastly overrated last season and it is doubtful he would have gone as high as some hyped him up to be.

    As for Snead, his controversy was whether he should have stayed in school for his senior year… which he didn’t, he left after a terrible junior year that resulted in him going undrafted… HE SHOULD HAVE STAYED FOR HIS SENIOR YEAR.

  27. heyguru1969 says: Nov 13, 2010 7:58 AM

    Yes, that’s exactly what losing NFL franchises need: A quarterback with ethical issues, who cares more about money than teammates, responsibility or loyalty. Maybe T.O. can sign with whatever team gets him, and they can have the T.O. and Camo Show. It’s worked out so well in Cincy, right?…….

  28. mean13 says: Nov 13, 2010 9:22 AM

    This just once again proves that Auburn will take ANY turd regardless of their character. Caught cheating 3 times at Florida, stole a laptop, asked for 180K to sign with a university. Where did you think he would end up. All turds go to Auburn.

  29. wewantchillywilly says: Nov 13, 2010 9:27 AM

    when he does go in the draft, it’s funny how his cheating scandal will magically go away, and espn will get on their knees and suck this guy off. and he will probably get a $50 million signing bonus or something.

    see kids, just cheat, and you’ll get paid.

  30. realitypolice says: Nov 13, 2010 10:04 AM

    heyguru1969 says:
    Nov 13, 2010 7:58 AM
    Yes, that’s exactly what losing NFL franchises need: A quarterback with ethical issues, who cares more about money than teammates, responsibility or loyalty. Maybe T.O. can sign with whatever team gets him, and they can have the T.O. and Camo Show. It’s worked out so well in Cincy, right?…….
    ======================

    If you think there are 5 players in the entire NFL who care more about teammates and loyalty than money, you’re kidding yourself.

  31. puddinpouch says: Nov 13, 2010 10:30 AM

    Wonderlic over/under 5.5

  32. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Nov 13, 2010 11:03 AM

    Brasho: I’ve seen Josh Freeman, and sir, he’s no Josh Freeman.

    As raw as Freeman was, he at least played in a pro style offense. Newton may have amazing physical gifts, but I have yet to see anything that translates to playing QB in the NFL. When watching him, I’m reminded of high school teams that put their best athlete at the QB position so he’ll handle the ball every play, then upon graduation he goes to a D-1 school to play cornerback, safety, or wide receiver.

    His arm is a cannon, but his passes have no touch. They’re mostly flat with little arc. He makes one read–to the primary receiver–and if it’s not open he takes off running.

    I really do smell bust with this guy, unless he switches positions. He may eventually make an outstanding wide receiver.

    He doesn’t remind me of Freeman. Actually, the guy he reminds me of most of all? Tim Tebow. Newton has a lot more speed and arm strength, but the totally unsophisticated passing ability is a dead-on Tebow.

  33. dwatkins69 says: Nov 13, 2010 2:18 PM

    I think Newton would make an awesome WR/TE in the pros

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