A veteran scout candidly told us earlier today that Cam Newton looked “terrible” during his Scouting Combine workout.
The man who is working with Newton in advance of the draft provided a more tactful assessment.
“It was a pop quiz, and he didn’t ace it,” George Whitfield, Jr. told Jim Corbett of USA Today. “But his final exam is in a week and a half.”
Whitfield is referring to Newton’s March 8 Pro Day workout. At that time, Newton will be in more familiar confines, throwing the ball to receivers with whom he’s comfortable.
And he’ll need a great showing in order to cement himself as a top-ten pick.
“He was off on some of his accuracy,” Whitfield said. “With some regularity and more work, he can correct that. . . . I’m just really proud of him for coming out today. He didn’t score a knockout. But at least he put on the gloves. . . . Some guys didn’t.”
Actually, the only top guy who didn’t was Blaine Gabbert. And Gabbert arguably helped himself vis-a-vis Newton by choosing not to throw.