Veteran scout: Cam Newton “looks terrible” during Combine workout

AP

Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton impressed NFL observers by running the 40-yard dash in fewer than 4.6 seconds at the Scouting Combine.

At least one veteran scout was far less impressed by his workout.

The scout, who works for a team that has no short-term or long-term need at the quarterback position, said that Newton “looks terrible.”

Opinions may very well vary.  The reality, however, is that teams that love a player will be inclined to say bad things about him, both to throw other teams off the scent and in the hopes that the player will be available when the team uses its first draft pick.  Teams that hate a player will be inclined to say they love a player, in the hopes that someone else will burn a pick on the guy, pushing truly coveted players farther done the board.

In this case, our source would be far more inclined to rave about Newton, ensuring that he’ll be taken with an early pick.

The assessment comes in stark contrast to Newton’s media-only workout from earlier in the month.  Of course, if a guy looks good in T-shirts and shorts and without coverages to read to 300-pound linemen to avoid, it really doesn’t mean anything.  If the player doesn’t look good in that controlled environment, it’s a potential problem.

It remains to be seen how many other scouts agree that Newton didn’t look good — and whether they’ll be candid about it.

49 responses to “Veteran scout: Cam Newton “looks terrible” during Combine workout

  1. It shouldn’t take a scout to see that he looked terrible. I was watching it and he looked awful. He was all over the place.

  2. Cam will be fine. Its all about how he reads Def’s and his release. He most likely won’t start for a while but is a very good propect. Don’t forget….thats why they have coaches!

  3. Why is there even a discussion about Newton, I mean Vince Young II?

    He had 1 (ONE) stellar season at the collegiate level. He is not a pure passer, he is more of a runner with his size. This guy is the second coming of VY. Go ahead and waste a 1st round pick if you want, but whoever takes him that high will regret it.

  4. It’s surprising that ANY scout would say anything.

    Like, let’s pretend that a Packers scout during the height of the Favre years had said, “Aaron Rodgers looks terrible!”

    Then Rodgers inexplicably falls to the Packers and suddenly the word from his rep is, “T.T., you got some splainin’ to do…”

    Obviously, the agent might feel that his client’s draft standing was sabotaged by the very team that selected him. And why would the player want to go to a franchise that felt that way about his combine performance?

  5. He did look really bad. His accuracy, or lack of was very disappointing considering all the hype around him. He definitely played better than he showed today. But considering it was under ideal conditions minus the different receiver complex it makes you wonder what happened. His footwork may have had something to do with it Mayock and Sterling Sharpe kept bringing up the fact that because he was in a spread offense and didn’t have to drop back and pass his rhythm and timing was off. In terms of the underwear olympics he performed well. I’d like to see him do well for no reason but to have another good player in the league thats already filled with good players. Hopefully he’s not the next Jamarcus or Ryan Leaf(No comparison to types of athletes just they were busts)

  6. I feel sorry for the franchise that wastes 6 years on him with some poor head coach trying to convince us “he’s going to be elite one day”. The driving force behind that will be Dan Snyder, or an owner like him, who is clueless about that game and thinks that running fast and throwing far makes a QB.

  7. “who works for a team that has no short-term or long-term need at the quarterback position”

    ^That’s a pretty short list of teams. Hmm..Packers, Colts, Pats, Eagles, Steelers, Ravens, Giants, Chargers?

  8. Cam Newton will do nothing in the NFL, unless he gets a great QB coach, wherever he gets drafted. It’s like Aaron Rodgers – his mechanics in college were not suitable for the NFL. Without his QB coach Clements and also McCarthy, he likely wouldn’t be all that great.

    That high school wishbone crap that Newton ran at Auburn will do nothing for him in the NFL. He’s Akili Smith all over again, unless he gets the coaching.

  9. Actual translation of a teams scout at the combine that he will later tell his owners = He looks great.

  10. way to copy Mike Mayok’s line on tee shirts and shorts. Wow. Just wow.

    You, a lawyer, basically just stole what he said word for word.

  11. He is terrible.

    He won’t have the soft coverage and wide open holes in the NFL like he did in the SEC.

    He is a wonderful athlete, a terrible person, and not a very good QB. . .

    BUST

    JeWalrus > Bust Newton

  12. Well, he should probably work hard on his Pro Day or other private workouts because he DID look terrible. I don’t usually watch the Combine but I took a look and he looked very uncomfortable in his drop back. He’s got better form than Tebow but he definitely needs to spend more time working at his drop back.

    I missed the first part of his workout but they didn’t seem too impressed by that, either.

  13. Scam Newton looked horrible! He was to throw ball to wr’s on the outside shoulder and continued to throw to the inside shoulder. His passes were short and wr had to slow down. He will be a bust! GUARENTEED!

  14. so…then…this source is from the eagles, who, in yet another of their patented head-scratching moves, actually do covet Newton and are trying to….nahhh…that’s too crazy.

  15. I’ve been saying all along that Newton is not one of the top quarterbacks in this draft class but your boy Evan Silva keeps saying otherwise (Silva has him going #3 which is absolutely stupid)

  16. knowfootballandyoudont says: Feb 27, 2011 2:18 PM

    Why is there even a discussion about Newton, I mean Vince Young II?

    He had 1 (ONE) stellar season at the collegiate level. He is not a pure passer, he is more of a runner with his size. This guy is the second coming of VY. Go ahead and waste a 1st round pick if you want, but whoever takes him that high will regret it.
    —————————————————-
    Please compare Cam to someone else because quite frankly Vince young has a better win percentage than any qb in the league not named Brady, Rivers, or Manning, and this kid hasn’t done anything in the NFL yet, and all the talk about a pure passer give me a pure winner over your pure passer any day.

  17. vietnambob2473 says:

    (Silva has him going #3 which is absolutely stupid)

    *****************

    Not necessarily. Buffalo needs a QB and while I would think that Gabbart is the better choice for them, management may want Newton more. Let’s not forget all the “experts” here who had Tebow going much lower than the first OR second round (Hell, I thought he’d go in the second, myself).

  18. mdpickles says: Feb 27, 2011 2:29 PM

    “who works for a team that has no short-term or long-term need at the quarterback position”

    ^That’s a pretty short list of teams. Hmm..Packers, Colts, Pats, Eagles, Steelers, Ravens, Giants, Chargers?
    __________________________________
    Likely adds…Falcons, Saints, Bucs, probably more. anyone with a young good and improving player or a starter who is very good and they will probably get 4-5 more years out of him. That designation really doesn’t eliminate a lot of teams..maybe half.

    Newton’s mechanics/release really aren’t poor like Tebows or Young’s and I do think there is something to the fact that he never had 5-7 step drops in college. I think he’s riskier for other reasons than his throwing mechanics. The fact that his long accuracy looks good and his intermediate accuracy is poor suggests McNabb-ishness to me. I am not a Newton fan but I respect the fact he participated fully in the combine while Gabbert pussed out. That would take him off my board unless he knocked my socks out over his whole career and was a can’t miss guy. I don’t care WHAT the guys says…it’s fear of competition. Condon QBs always puss out at the combine. I HATE that.

  19. If people believe that Cam Newton is going to be an average pro QB, those people do not know football. Cam Newton is much more polished than Vince Young coming out of college and he did everything he had to do to win every game last year. There are so many haters that are quick to bash prospects without owning up to their incorrect opinions of the past. I’m sorry Auburn won the title last year, but get over it. Comparisons to Vince Young are completely racist. Have you ever watched Vince Young throw a football? It looks nothing like Cam Newton. Vince used his speed as a rusher and tried to get to the outside on the edges. Cam ran inside and powered his way over people much more like Tim Tebow than Vince Young. So say what you want about the guy, but he plays nothing like Vince Young.

  20. I’m not a scout, but I’ve seen a lot of combines and a lot of football, and my amateur opinion was that Cam Newton looked terrible today. The ball was all over the place, and the worst part of it was that he didn’t appear to be taking it very seriously.

    As well as he tested, I think Newton hurt his stock at the combine.

  21. “Teams that hate a player will be inclined to say they love a player, in the hopes that someone else will burn a pick on the guy, pushing truly coveted players farther done the board.”

    In other words, don’t believe a word we publish, just sit back and wait for the draft and enjoy it.

  22. “The scout, who works for a team that has no short-term or long-term need at the quarterback position, said that Newton “looks terrible.””

    Very few teams fit that description. As a matter of fact, I’d say only about 3 or 4. So why don’t you just say “Green Bay Packer Scout”

  23. Talk about someting that matters:

    Some of you people need to get a f***ing clue. This isn’t going to just effect Wisconsin. This entire issue isn’t about money at all. On many occasions union officials and even a couple REPUBLICAN SENATORS requested to drop the collective bargaining. Unions have already agreed to take the pay cut so I have no idea why some of you dumbasses comment on this page. GET A CLUE! This is only the beginning and if some of you arrogant ignorant people think we are going to sit back and let this happen you’re sadly mistaken. UNITED WE STAND AHOLES!

  24. mdpickles says: Feb 27, 2011 2:29 PM

    “who works for a team that has no short-term or long-term need at the quarterback position”

    ^That’s a pretty short list of teams. Hmm..Packers, Colts, Pats, Eagles, Steelers, Ravens, Giants, Chargers?
    __________________________________

    List is actually…

    Pats, Jets, Indy, Houston, Chargers, Chiefs, Browns, Steelers, Ravens, Philly, Giants, Saints, Falcons, Bucs, Rams, Packers, Bears

  25. Its a very stupid strategy regardless. One the league is in need of franchise QB’s….two, its ultimately helping division play when QB’s succeed….they should be finding out what they need to correct. This isimply means the Packers, Colts, Pats, Eagles, Steelers, Ravens, Giants and Chargers have a good backup coming…

  26. “List is actually…

    Pats, Jets, Indy, Houston, Chargers, Chiefs, Browns, Steelers, Ravens, Philly, Giants, Saints, Falcons, Bucs, Rams, Packers, Bears”

    Right – as if the stupid Vikings don’t need a QB? The Vikings’ QB situation is the absolute worst in the NFL thanks to Brett Favre using them in his weak little “stick it to Ted” silly Kindergarten war. Lo and behold, Ted and Rodgers are world champions, and idiot Favre and the Vikings have egg all over their faces, LOL. Let’s hope the Vikings get Cam.

    Thanks Ted!

  27. Yikes! I hope “Mossholder” isn’t molding young minds in public schools!

    Maybe he can get a new job coaching up Cam Newton.

  28. Honestly, if available.

    He should be drafted by either the Ravens or the Falcons so that their defenses can learn how to beat a quarterback that can run and improvise.

    Whichever of those teams drafts him could easily go to the Super Bowl.

    Flacco and Ryan are good, but predictable.

  29. WHere is SEC fan to stick up for him! I can’t wait to see “SCAM” Newton get hit and fail!

    To liquidalfa: Eric Zier, Tony Robinson, Steve Tanyhill, Rohan Davies to name a few!

  30. The NFL is constantly implementing more and more rules to protect the ” pocket passer “.

    The days of the ” pocket passer ” have passed ! With linemen that run under a 5.0 in the 40, qb’s such as manning and brady are gonna get truly hurt, no matter how many rules the NFL implements to protect the ” pocket passer ” !

    The qb position now requires an athlete or atleast someone that can be mobile, such as Rogers.

    Since sports is only a form of ” ENTERTAINMENT” , if we are being honest, the most ENTERTAINING and electrifying player on the field this year at the qb position was Vick.

    There is no doubt in any honest persons mind, that Newton will provide years of ” ENTERTAINMENT ” .

    I’d pay to see him ” ENTERTAIN ” me.

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