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Cam Newton goes 50-for-60 at Tuesday Pro Day

Auburn quarterback Newton runs the ball against Oregon in the fourth quarter of the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game in Glendale, Arizona

At 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Cam Newton finally took the field for passing drills at Auburn’s Pro Day.

The results were mixed.

Newton connected on 50-of-60 passes, which is a substandard “completion percentage” for an elite quarterback prospect at an on-campus workout. For comparison, Matt Ryan was 48-of-52 at Boston College’s Pro Day in 2008, and Sam Bradford went 49-for-50 last March.

Watching the entire workout, PFT counted three blatant drops. Two or three more of Newton’s incompletions hit his receiver in the hands, but would’ve been difficult to secure.

There were four bad overthrows on which Newton either simply threw the football way too far downfield for his target to have a chance, or his pass sailed much too high.

It’s worth noting that immediately after Newton’s 60 throws, Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt personally put the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner through more under-center drills and was spotted shaking Newton’s hand.

By no measure was this Pro Day outstanding. CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang gave Newton a “B,” conceding that he “would’ve given Newton a ‘D’” for his Combine workout. SI.com draft analyst Tony Pauline rated Newton’s workout “solid, not spectacular.”

Still, the general consensus is that Newton has made major strides since the Combine. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock had the most glowing review of Tuesday’s Pro Day.

“This kid can drive the football,” said Mayock. “He can drive it on the deep, outbreaking comeback, he can drive it on the inbreaking Bang-8 or dig route.

“He can make every throw.”

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41 Responses to “Cam Newton goes 50-for-60 at Tuesday Pro Day”
  1. champgiff says: Mar 8, 2011 6:37 PM

    Let’s see him go 50-for-60 with an NFL defense on the field…

  2. hobartbaker says: Mar 8, 2011 6:39 PM

    Three drops and the other seven were picked off.

  3. champgiff says: Mar 8, 2011 6:39 PM

    “He can drive it on the deep, outbreaking comeback, he can drive it on the inbreaking Bang-8 or dig route.”

    That’s what she said.

  4. contra74 says: Mar 8, 2011 6:40 PM

    It’s worth noting that immediately after Newton’s 60 throws, Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt personally put the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner threw more under-center drills and was spotted shaking Newton’s hand.
    +++++++++++++
    Dont you mean ‘through’ instead of ‘threw’. Who is your mentor? Gregg Rosenthal?

  5. vietnambob2473 says: Mar 8, 2011 6:48 PM

    Tim Tebow completed every pass at his pro day last year. Good to see you doing your research.

  6. raideral1965 says: Mar 8, 2011 6:52 PM

    He is a diamond in the rough.
    He should be the #1 overall pick. Mr. Newtons’ upside is off the charts. He is a proven winner.

  7. ruckinfidiculous says: Mar 8, 2011 6:54 PM

    “This kid can drive the football,”…… In his new Escalade sporting “ICON” vanity plates while on the way to entertain his posse.

  8. psychoraider904 says: Mar 8, 2011 6:54 PM

    Good luck Cam.

  9. anythingbutyanks says: Mar 8, 2011 6:54 PM

    Let’s see…only ONE year leading a major college program? Check. Serious off-field issues throughout his college career? Check. Poor performance at the combine and good not great performance at his pro day? Check. Almost certain top 10 pick in the draft? W…T…H…?

  10. johnnyb216 says: Mar 8, 2011 6:58 PM

    not enough to convince me.

  11. brutus9448 says: Mar 8, 2011 7:03 PM

    guess who’s getting paid by camp newton.

  12. ipeefreelyagain says: Mar 8, 2011 7:12 PM

    I always say, if the ball hits the receiver’s hands, then they should have caught it. So 53/60 is an 88.33% completion percentage. Not too bad. He is a rook afterall.

  13. EJ says: Mar 8, 2011 7:18 PM

    Seems to me, a majority of scouts are giving him just a fair review hoping his draft spot will drop a few more to grab him for themselves.

    With a little coaching, Newton will be a sure NFL starter with a good chance of elite status. He has got what it takes.

  14. xxwhodatxx says: Mar 8, 2011 7:23 PM

    Improved since the combine???? Gimme a break

  15. scytherius says: Mar 8, 2011 7:33 PM

    Bust pick.

  16. krow101 says: Mar 8, 2011 7:33 PM

    Running QB. What do they expect? He’s a project. Run the wildcat for a year or two and see if he learns. He’ll be a great 3rd round pick. Oh wait… 1st round… bust.

  17. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Mar 8, 2011 7:35 PM

    Still, the general consensus is that Newton has made major strides since the Combine. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock had the most glowing review of Tuesday’s Pro Day.

    “This kid can drive the football,” said Mayock. “He can drive it on the deep, outbreaking comeback, he can drive it on the inbreaking Bang-8 or dig route.

    “He can make every throw.”

    Made major strides in a couple weeks? That passing performance(where he blamed everyone else) wasn’t hard to improve on. “He can make every throw”, but can he be accurate, not just have an arm. See Patrick Ramsey for example. All-time arm, but couldn’t get it through the window on the barn.

  18. lionfan419 says: Mar 8, 2011 7:37 PM

    looks like he will be a Redskin

  19. granadafan says: Mar 8, 2011 7:42 PM

    A good scout will take the results with a grain of salt and look at foodwork, technique, release, mobility, vision, leadership, etc.

    Heisman QBs tend to be waaaaaaaay overhyped with people forgetting he was surrounded by superior talent.

  20. theshocker98 says: Mar 8, 2011 8:01 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks we have seen this story before?? This is like the second coming of Vince Young.

  21. vegasbronco says: Mar 8, 2011 8:11 PM

    Sorry, Just another Tim Tebow. Great tangibles.

  22. henryjones20 says: Mar 8, 2011 8:15 PM

    just woke up. how many haters in the house 2day? i do suppose the haters r tyyn 2 find his wonderlic score. whoever your fav. team is just draft all ivy league players and we will see how that turns out 4 ur squad!!lol

  23. henryjones20 says: Mar 8, 2011 8:27 PM

    go find out joe mauers wonderlic score!! last i heard is that he is bout 2 make 25mill this season,salary and endorsments. why isnt anyone cryn about that? oh well i guess we all know why haha

  24. thefiesty1 says: Mar 8, 2011 8:46 PM

    Good for Cam. NOW his daddy can collect his $180 from Cam instead of from Miss State, err Tenn, err Auburn.

    50 of 60 huh? How’s his arm feeling now?

  25. deconjonesbitchslap says: Mar 8, 2011 8:47 PM

    he stares down the guy he wants to throw to like a perv at a bar staring down the go-go dancers.

    /myself

  26. seanmmartin says: Mar 8, 2011 9:02 PM

    My niece could got 50 for 60 against air.

  27. whatswiththehate says: Mar 8, 2011 9:02 PM

    I’ve come to accept the fact that these writers realize they can get a lot more leverage from being negative towards Cam than telling the truth.

    Cam threw in the wind and did much better than he did indoors. And technically only 6 misses were his fault the others were the receivers not catching the ball. If the ball is in your hand you need to hold unto it.

    Well since most of his NFL games will be outdoors, I’ll say he did DAMN FINE.

    Can’t wait to read all the excuses you guys will be making when Blaine does his drills. Let the Blaine hyping rally begin.

  28. hobartbaker says: Mar 8, 2011 9:17 PM

    Mayock gives the Newt “a glowing review” and Cam calls him “Mr. McShay” at the end of the interview. Ingrate.

  29. 2loko says: Mar 8, 2011 9:50 PM

    Well, there haven’t been any unoriginal Jamarcus comparisons in the comments so that’s gotta count for something

  30. vicksprman says: Mar 8, 2011 9:58 PM

    People can hate all they want but in 5 years Mr Newton will be the face of the NFL barring injury, what everyone fails to realize is this kid is a QB who happens to be the best athlete on the field, with the proper coaching this kid will be a monster. I just hope he doesn’t get the same lack of coaching that set guys like Randall Cunningham and Mike Vick years behind other QB’s. That is real football talk for you people who hate just for the hell of it.

  31. tbbucs1638 says: Mar 8, 2011 10:19 PM

    whether u guys like it or not cam will be a top 15 pick, he has potential to get better and has the will to win

  32. tatum064 says: Mar 8, 2011 11:01 PM

    This kid is a QB who happens to be the best athlete on the field, and the NFL NEEDS HIM. They need star players with ability to exceed, help other teams and sell jerseys and drive revenue. They need Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert and any other QB to be phenomenal. QB play around the league SUCKS, PERIOD. Why else does Brady, Manning and Rothlisberger rise to the top every playoff year? Their reign is ending, and the next wave of franchise QB’s must come through.

  33. preseasonchamps08 says: Mar 8, 2011 11:29 PM

    When one really takes into account his character issues (which are very significant), lack of accuracy in passing drills, and overall lack of experience, it is amazing to think that he could possibly be drafted in the first round, let alone first overall. He’s an amazing athlete and had a historic ONE year of college, but geez…If my team drafted him first overall, I would quit being a fan (this coming from a Lions fan, ’nuff said).

  34. peanutbutter&jelly says: Mar 8, 2011 11:57 PM

    how could he have improved so much since the combine? has he been playing football on the side somewhere?

  35. rozz513 says: Mar 9, 2011 1:13 AM

    deconjonesbitchslap says:

    Mar 8, 2011 8:47 PM

    “he stares down the guy he wants to throw to like a perv(Ben Roethlisberger) at a bar staring down the go-go dancers.”

  36. goawayeverybody says: Mar 9, 2011 1:54 AM

    Despite my feelings about Cam Newton being a cheater or a thief, I still believe he is the real deal. He has only been a starting quarterback for a short while, and he has great potential. My prediction is that he will win a Super Bowl within 5 years. You heard it hear first.

  37. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Mar 9, 2011 4:00 AM

    granadafan says: Mar 8, 2011 7:42 PM

    A good scout will take the results with a grain of salt and look at foodwork, technique, release, mobility, vision, leadership, etc.

    ————————

    Foodwork? Maybe you are thinking of JaBustus…

    Seriously though, I agree with you about the other elements of his game and those will be evaluated but I am not sure he will do much better in those areas…

    Only time will tell with the Icon…

  38. tombrookshire says: Mar 9, 2011 6:46 AM

    Can make, vs. make. Can win, vs. win.

  39. MichaelEdits says: Mar 9, 2011 7:31 AM

    So, if what he CAN do is less than what he WILL do, he’ll fit right in with the Panthers. Ain’t that right, Julius Peppers?

  40. jc1958cool says: Mar 9, 2011 8:29 AM

    over rated, and mayock is an idiot!!

  41. umrguy42 says: Mar 9, 2011 9:33 AM

    granadafan says: Mar 8, 2011 7:42 PM

    A good scout will take the results with a grain of salt and look at foodwork,

    ——————————————

    Best typo ever!

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