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Top of NFL draft well represented at Auburn Pro Day

With a national championship team featuring quarterback Cam Newton and defensive tackle Nick Fairley, Auburn is sending a lot of talent to the NFL this year, including, potentially, two of the first five players off the board.

So it’s no surprise that many of the key decision-makers on the teams with the highest draft picks were in attendance at Auburn’s Pro Day today.

Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer reports that those in attendance today included Carolina coach Ron Rivera, Denver coach John Fox and executive vice president John Elway, Buffalo G.M. Buddy Nix, Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis, Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt and Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur and G.M. Tom Heckert. That means every team with a Top 6 pick sent either its head coach, its general manager or both.

All indications are that Newton looked better throwing today than he had at the Combine, and that Fairley had a good day as well.

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7 Responses to “Top of NFL draft well represented at Auburn Pro Day”
  1. shaggytoodle says: Mar 8, 2011 9:25 PM

    Also represented well at the Auburn pro day, players most likely to dissapoint the team they were drafted by.

  2. iknowfootballandyoudont says: Mar 8, 2011 9:37 PM

    True. Auburn’s Pro Day showcased two of the drafts probable top 5 picks.

    It also showcased the next Vince Young and Glen Dorsey

  3. possiblecabbage says: Mar 8, 2011 9:56 PM

    Lest we forget that Pro Days aren’t all about the guys who are supposed to go in the top half of the first round, the Auburn day also featured two extremely draftable prospects in Lee Ziemba and Mario Fannin. I know that later round guys aren’t what drive pageviews and headlines, but they are what drives championship teams.

  4. rovibe says: Mar 8, 2011 10:05 PM


    All indications are that Newton looks better throwing in a controlled environment than he does in a competitive one with variables like different receivers, other QB’s, a defense trying to stop him, etc…

  5. hobartbaker says: Mar 8, 2011 10:06 PM

    Looks can be deceiving, Fairley seems smarter than Newton.

  6. thompgk says: Mar 8, 2011 10:59 PM

    “a defense trying to stop him, etc…”

    Think he proved that 14 times this year. Including down 24 points on the road against the defending national champions dynasty.

    Oh yeah, Ole Saint Nick came up pretty huge in that game too.

  7. nighttrainwoowoo says: Mar 9, 2011 2:03 AM

    I think Evan Silva is a paid writer on Cam’s PR staff. I wouldn’t doubt it if he placed a crazy-arm inflatable Cam Newton in front of his house to sell him. Cam has a lot to work on, mechanics, hitting his spots, staying in the pocket after his first look is covered. One thing I realized, the real world is a lot harder after college.

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