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Cam Newton runs sub-4.6 in the forty

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Auburn quarterback Cam Newton registered “unofficial” forty times of 4.58 and 4.59 at the Scouting Combine on Sunday.  Considering Newton checked in at 6-foot-5 and 248 pounds earlier in the week, his times are arguably more impressive than Washington quarterback Jake Locker’s 4.52. Locker is 6-foot-2 1/2 and 231 pounds.

Newton also posted a 10-foot, six-inch broad jump to lead the quarterback field.

Meanwhile, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock defended Newton regarding comparisons to former Raiders draft bust JaMarcus Russell.

“JaMarcus Russell showed up to the Combine 20 pounds overweight (in 2007),” Mayock noted.

“(Cam Newton) and Russell aren’t even close to the same issue.”

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23 Responses to “Cam Newton runs sub-4.6 in the forty”
  1. jc1958cool says: Feb 27, 2011 12:02 PM

    mayock and other talent evaluaters aren’t even close! mayock is the russel

  2. jeff061 says: Feb 27, 2011 12:17 PM

    Top 40’s by QB’s…see a trend?

    Player College Year 40-yard dash
    Reggie McNeal Texas A&M 2006 4.35
    Marcus Vick West Virginia 2006 4.42
    Brad Smith Missouri 2006 4.46
    Jarrett Brown West Virginia 2010 4.54
    Josh Johnson San Diego 2008 4.55
    Pat White West Virginia 2009 4.55

  3. zackd2 says: Feb 27, 2011 12:20 PM

    How much did it cost them for Cam to show up to the combine? 300k? 500k?

  4. ingloriousmaster says: Feb 27, 2011 12:30 PM

    We all know the 40 means nothing…other than a guy is fast wearing now pads; no hemlet; and with no defenders in his way. If I’m a team scouting a QB for the first round (and prepared to hand him a boat load of money (and perhaps as result, a boat) then I want to see him throw, throw, throw.

  5. boneyardbuc says: Feb 27, 2011 12:37 PM

    Stolen-laptop-aided?

  6. backindasaddle says: Feb 27, 2011 12:39 PM

    Jamarcus Russell was lacking a brain.

    Considering the foolish statements this kid made recently about him being an icon and an entertainer, I think this kid at least has a working brain, it’s just not a very good one.

  7. realfootballfan says: Feb 27, 2011 12:44 PM

    You’ll continue getting these “fair” journalists saddling Newton with Jamarcus Russell’s problems instead of judging him on his own merits because they are both black. Russell was a known lazy underachiever until his last year in college.

    However, the lines will continue to be drawn….just like I heard before that ’07 draft of how Russell was going to be a similar athletic type QB as Vince Young before that draft, despite mostly being a pocket passer in the mold of Drew Bledsoe at LSU.

    Ryan Mallet, who more closely resembles Russell in game and the red flags, would be a more apt comparison, but that’d be too hard to do.

    Guess those black guys all look alike, right, so what’s the difference?

  8. carryingweight says: Feb 27, 2011 12:49 PM

    Can’t remember what peyton, brees, or tom ran… people were excited when pat white ran I believe a 4.55 and he’s out of The NFL. I understand it shows physical ability in terms or straight speed but for a quarterback I don’t really see the point unless your name is mike Vick, you need the ability to move around the pocket more than run a 40 yard sprint, unless you’re mike Vick

  9. androk23 says: Feb 27, 2011 12:51 PM

    How does 17 pounds make his 40 more impressive than Lockers? That’s grasping at straws.

  10. milburg2 says: Feb 27, 2011 12:57 PM

    Coming out of the draft Big Ben ran a 4.9 and his negatives were that he was…

    “A pocket passer with marginal mobility and cannot escape the rush [and that the] majority of snaps are taken out of the shotgun.”

    His positives were…

    A high-character prospect well liked and respected. Although he may not offer early returns.

    No one knows how a player will turn out. Just watch game film and may a decision.

  11. tryagainplease says: Feb 27, 2011 12:57 PM

    Ryan Mallet, who more closely resembles Russell in game and the red flags, would be a more apt comparison, but that’d be too hard to do. Guess those black guys all look alike, right, so what’s the difference?

    oh please- cam’s stolen a laptop, more than likely cheated multi times in school and his father tried selling him (but of course simple jack didn’t know) yet ryan has red flags– just exactly where did those red flags come from? who knows because they aren’t even specific, just whispers being repeated over and over to ruin his reputation. ryan is the one getting the shaft here while cam continues to pull the wool over peoples eyes.

  12. jvilleballa says: Feb 27, 2011 1:02 PM

    What does it matter what a QB 40 time is? Do you think Marino, Elway, Montana, Manning, Brady had great 40 times? Name 5 running QB’s that have won the Super Bowl

  13. wtfchiefs says: Feb 27, 2011 1:10 PM

    This just means he can run down all the slow CBs that will pick him off.

  14. realfootballfan says: Feb 27, 2011 1:15 PM

    carryingweight,

    I doubt if anyone was anticipating the running ability of Brady or Brees unless they were clairvoyant on how their careers turned out so far.

    Scouts are curious about the 40 times of guys like Newton, Locker, Gabbert, and Tebow in the past because their running ability or being able to get out of trouble with their legs is a pretty big part of their games.

    The 2 Super Bowl QBs certainly do quite a bit of using their feet to get away from trouble, so seeing officially how fast guys are doesn’t hurt the process.

  15. realfootballfan says: Feb 27, 2011 1:21 PM

    jvilleballa,

    No one is look ing for a “running” QB, but you’re being silly if you think the same pocket passer type of QB like Drew Bledsoe or Dan Marino are the guys having success today.

    Both Super Bowl QBs can move and often make plays with their feet. That’s where the league has been trending for quite some time.

    As defensive linemen, LBs, and other defensive players take more steroids to get even faster while offensive lines get worse, you’d be an idiot not to be looking for a guy who doesn’t look like he’s standing in cement.

  16. jim5283 says: Feb 27, 2011 1:26 PM

    “more than likely cheated multi times in school”

    this is what’s wrong with the world.

  17. bigbabies says: Feb 27, 2011 1:27 PM

    Cam is not looking good in any facet of the game

  18. tryagainplease says: Feb 27, 2011 1:50 PM

    jim5283 says: “more than likely cheated multi times in school” this is what’s wrong with the world.

    true, cheaters suck…

  19. toledolions says: Feb 27, 2011 1:55 PM

    Who cares about his 40 time. His accuracy is terrible compared to the other top quarterbacks at the combine.

  20. carryingweight says: Feb 27, 2011 2:20 PM

    I can understand guys like arodgers using his feet and big Ben but like the earlier posts have said I just don’t see a running qb like cam or locker making a huge impact as a prototypical passer. No doubt they are great athletes though. Who knows though people said joey harrington, jafatumus Russell, akili smith would do well after strong combine performances. I guess the 40 cant really hurt these guys I just don’t see it setting them apart.

  21. flavordave says: Feb 27, 2011 2:37 PM

    If you want him to run fast then put a laptop in his hands.

  22. jimr10 says: Feb 27, 2011 3:08 PM

    You guys are not seeing the same Cam i am on t.v. you do not have to like him but his athletic ability is above reproach.

  23. backindasaddle says: Feb 27, 2011 3:54 PM

    “realfootballfan”

    A) I find your initial remarks pure racist.

    B) Quote: No one is looking for a “running” QB, but you’re being silly if you think the same pocket passer type of QB like Drew Bledsoe or Dan Marino are the guys having success today.”

    Actually, that is EXACTLY the type of QB having success today. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are universally considered the best QBs in the game today. They are both locks for the HOF and they are both classic pocket passers. your point is clearly not valid and the facts as stated above prove it.

    C) Quote: “As defensive linemen, LBs, and other defensive players take more steroids to get even faster while offensive lines get worse….”

    Where does all of this conjecture come from? So let me get this straight. All of the defensive players are taking steroids….and not just that but MORE steriods….while the offensive linemen are not and getting worse all the time? Is that right? Is that really what you’re trying to sell here?

    “realfootballfan”….What I have been able to glean from your comments is ugly. It’s plain to me that you are only able to see things through a prism of race. You can’t stand the stereotype of the mobile black QB not being successful and also can’t stand the stereotype of the white pocket QB being successful. To you it’s a racial thing and you’re twisting reality into all kinds of contortions to suit your own personal race biased conclusions. It causes you to do a disservice to yourself.

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