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PFW draft guide clobbers Cam Newton

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The Pro Football Weekly draft preview, prepared each year by the late Joel Buschbaum’s successor, Nolan Nawrocki, is regarded as an indispensable source for comprehensive information regarding the many incoming players.

This year, Nawrocki takes aim at one of the biggest names in the draft pool.

Our corporate brother/cousin/colleague/potty-mouthed PFT Live guest Tom Curran points out that Nawrocki rips former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

Under “negatives” for Newton, Nawrocki writes, “Very disingenuous — has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup.  Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them.  Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law — does not command respect from teammates and will always struggle to win a locker room . . . Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example.  Immature and has had issues with authority.  Not dependable.”

Wow, Nolan.  Tell us how you really feel.

As Curran points out, each team will draw its own conclusions regarding Cam Newton.  His talent and potential are undeniable; it only takes one team in the top 10 to be willing to take a chance on his character for Cam to be a top-10 pick.

Or, as the case may be, the top five.

Or, as the case may be, the top three.

Or, as the case may be, the top one.

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65 Responses to “PFW draft guide clobbers Cam Newton”
  1. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Mar 28, 2011 9:26 PM

    That is one scary @ss pick Carolina has.

  2. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Mar 28, 2011 9:30 PM

    He was a one year wonder with more red flags than a communist military march. Since y’all get paid, apparently, to write about football go back and look at all the one year wonder quarterbacks chosen really high and then what has their success rate been? I don’t get paid in the football industry(maybe a good thing :) but I wouldn’t touch Cam with YOUR money. The best thing that can happen to him is to slide to the bottom of the first round and have a team that doens’t need an immediate quarterback(someone like the Pats, but they wouldn’t draft him) that can teach him…both on the field and off the field and try and surround him with the support group he needs (i.e. not a father that tries to pimp him).

  3. brownsfrown says: Mar 28, 2011 9:31 PM

    Sounds like a perfect first-round pick for my perennial expansion team the Cleveland Clowns!

  4. apac6586 says: Mar 28, 2011 9:33 PM

    Nolan Nawracki needs to be in the spotlight more. Where was this guy when JaMarcus was coming out or when Vick got out of jail?

  5. tonydehoff says: Mar 28, 2011 9:35 PM

    http://takingittothehouse.blogspot.com/2011/03/my-top-32-prospects-for-2011-nfl-draft.html

    I think Newton is going to surprise some people.

  6. donttouchthedirtypenny says: Mar 28, 2011 9:40 PM

    Ouch.

  7. riderspantherssk says: Mar 28, 2011 9:44 PM

    You would think most teams doing due diligence would reach the same conclusions as PFW. I hope Hurney and Richardson don’t take a chance, spending your top pick on a QB for 3 straight years is when I run out of confidence.

  8. paulieorkid says: Mar 28, 2011 9:44 PM

    Nawrocki is solid, but Joel Buchsbaum was and remains a legend. A true savant.

  9. scudbot says: Mar 28, 2011 9:47 PM

    That pretty much sums up my take on CN after watching him being interviewed several times. Rings true. Now for the perfect match. A team that’s desperate for hope at QB and has a recent history of making bad decisions about questionable personnel. The Bungles? The Titans? Or will he fall to the Purple Drank?

  10. abninf says: Mar 28, 2011 9:50 PM

    All that may be true but he’ll be an entertainer and icon. Even he says so. He’ll sell tons of tickets for the first 4 games or so. He my be a dud in practice and fake some injuries since his main focus will be his newfound wealth and playing with his new toys off duty, but so what. Well worth a top pick.

  11. hobartbaker says: Mar 28, 2011 9:51 PM

    “Disingenuous’ is far too soft a term. It is like running into a 10 year old trying to scam you with sugar. Blatantly fake and not remotely convincing. I’m assuming that most men who have managed to reach positions of responsibility in a billion dollar industry would not be fooled. But you never know.

  12. hobartbaker says: Mar 28, 2011 9:56 PM

    The bigger concern with Newton in my books is that his body (especially that head and jaw) is even more unnatural and fraudulent than his persona. I think Cecil Newton wanted the money from the colleges to pay the PED bills for his sons.

  13. wryly1 says: Mar 28, 2011 9:56 PM

    Kudos to Pro Football Weekly for having the guts to come right out and say what a lot of NFL people certainly must suspect about Newton.

  14. goodjet says: Mar 28, 2011 9:57 PM

    Wow! — For the first time since he passed away I feel the ghostly presence of the late great Joel Buschbaum and he was the best, the godfather of the draft guide —- Buschbaum never held back and told it like he saw it and was usually right on target — Most of these draft guys now just sugar coat it even if they do happen to really get it for fear of being wrong or whatever — I’ve been getting that guide for like 35 years now and I do like Nolan Nawrocki but maybe now he is really starting to channel the great Joel Buschbaum and take his game to even the next level —- Hey, Cam Newton said what he said and know one who really gets it says the type of (I want to be an icon) crap that he says — Cam Newton’s like a big beautiful looking house with with faulty electric lurking behind the walls over a giant sinkhole that will show it self any day now —- Oh Yeah

  15. deadeye says: Mar 28, 2011 10:03 PM

    All that character bashing is over the top. Cam will be a top ten pick despite the harsh report…

  16. baboushka says: Mar 28, 2011 10:05 PM

    Everything he said except for the Command the respect of the locker room could also be used to describe Brett Favre and any number of NFl QBs. He has a serious negative agenda with that kid. Maybe he prefers his QBs with gutter laughs, corn rows, tattoos all over their bodies, serious jail time, a few flings in strip joints, a couple of kids out of wed lock. How the heck does he know any of that stuff he said about Cam newton was real or fake? Newton could sue that bozo for defamation of character and libel if writings like his garbage cause him to slide and lose money.

    The more I look at Newton, I believe he is going to slide down in the draft just Aaron Rodgers. And it will be good luck for him because I believe he is going to be a great pro QB. And sliding will put a chip on his shoulder just like it did Aaron (who bloomed into sheer greatness). Plus it will also insure he goes to a decent team with a lot of talent already in place (just like Aaron), where he can sit and learn for a few years. Maybe like New England, Miami, Jacksonville or even The Colts. But I’d seriously consider suing this turkey out of spite!

  17. dldavidlong says: Mar 28, 2011 10:08 PM

    is he talking about cam newton or chump johnson.

  18. bigmike7914 says: Mar 28, 2011 10:13 PM

    Somebody got turned down for an autograph or picture, to write these type of things about a person he barely knows speaks volumes of what type of person Nawrocki is, write about the negatives of this kids game dont take shots at his character when you barely know him it makes him sound like a bitter ex-girlfriend….

  19. plundergrunge says: Mar 28, 2011 10:14 PM

    I may be missing something somewhere, but that exact analysis is not in the edition I have. There are some things that resemble what was posted, but definitely not what is there.

    If I’m incorrect, someone please cite the page number(s) this information was found on.

  20. airraid77 says: Mar 28, 2011 10:15 PM

    I for one thought he hit it on the button….their is nothing real about the guy…

  21. KissMyHeisman says: Mar 28, 2011 10:19 PM

    Child Please ! Do you all think these teams are going to win a Super Bowl with the likes Jimmy Clausen, Timmy Tebow, Colt McCoy or Rusty Smith? How are those Alex Smith and Vince Young picks working out for you? Is Rex Grossman going to take ‘Skins to the Promised Land ? Newton is prime time and the rest of these quarterbacks for these teams in the top ten are re-runs and wanna-bes.

  22. scooby77 says: Mar 28, 2011 10:23 PM

    As long as the Bills don’t take him.

    Please Panthers, do us a favor, take Newton and leave Gabbert to the Bills.

  23. thefiesty1 says: Mar 28, 2011 10:34 PM

    That’s pretty harsh. I don’t think he’s THAT bad.

  24. bamasucks says: Mar 28, 2011 10:34 PM

    Nawrocki must be an idiot. ask Newton’s teammates at Auburn if he was a leader that had their respect and they’ll tell you that Nawrocki doesn’t have a freaking clue.

  25. kegpack says: Mar 28, 2011 10:41 PM

    Guy might know what hes talking about -

    Excerpt from sportswriter last year -

    “I will never forget the pre-draft comments of PFW’s resident draft expert, Nolan Nawrocki, prior to the 2007 NFL draft.

    Nawrocki said, paraphrased, that Al Davis drafting JaMarcus Russell would set the franchise back five years.

    Quite a bold statement at the time for the top pick in the draft.

    As you know, in the post-draft afterglow, all 32 teams believe they have landed several future starters and possibly a star or two. Certainly, the Rams feel they have their quarterback for the next generation in Sam Bradford, just as the Raiders felt that way three years ago with Russell.

    Nawrocki saw through it. He was exactly right, it turns out. Russell, if you have not heard yet, was released today by the Raiders.

    Although the Raiders appeared to land a nice draft hail this year and traded for Jason Campbell, a stabilizing move at QB, we know not to judge these moves too much before the players actually hit the field.”

  26. whatswiththehate says: Mar 28, 2011 10:42 PM

    Damn, I guess Cam is really good cause he’s threating the heck out of you sports writers.

    Is anyone really suppose to take this moron seriously? Is this what the sport media has desolved down too? Mr. Nolan Nawrocki behavior sound so junior high school and judging by the many postings, he’s singing to his choir.

    Damn, TMZ is starting to look like legitimate and more trustworthy news than these sports sites by the second.

    Wishing u all the best Cam…Let the haters hate cause you’re obviously a threat to their choosen, Blaine Gabbert. I wonder how much his agent is paying for this level of foolery.

  27. whatswiththehate says: Mar 28, 2011 10:55 PM

    bigmike7914 says:
    Mar 28, 2011 10:13 PM
    Somebody got turned down for an autograph or picture, to write these type of things about a person he barely knows speaks volumes of what type of person Nawrocki is, write about the negatives of this kids game dont take shots at his character when you barely know him it makes him sound like a bitter ex-girlfriend….
    —————————–
    Anyone who don’t take their cue from these idiots have figured out a long time ago what’s going on.

    I guess the lovefest for Blaine isn’t generating enough positive enegy so they need to sink as low as they can go with tearing down Cam…this Nawrocki guy sound like Skip Bayless twin.

  28. 7pints says: Mar 28, 2011 10:56 PM

    @paulieorkid

    Well put, my friend. In fact every year when I order my copy of the PFW Draft Preview, I still refer to it as the Buchsbaum book.

  29. ezmoover says: Mar 28, 2011 11:13 PM

    DAMN!

    Did Nawrocki at least send Newton a tube of vaseline?

    OUCH!

  30. thompgk says: Mar 28, 2011 11:17 PM

    “As long as the Bills don’t take him.

    Please Panthers, do us a favor, take Newton and leave Gabbert to the Bills.”

    Does Auburn win a NC with Blaine Gabbert at quarterback?

  31. jamaltimore says: Mar 28, 2011 11:24 PM

    The Danny just read this article and told shanny to get redskins 1 fired up! ” We’re going to Alabama to sign us a QB”!

    FAIL!

  32. FinFan68 says: Mar 28, 2011 11:27 PM

    Newton has talent at the college level but work ethic enables success or prevents it for NFL QBs. I obviously don’t know him, but from what I’ve seen in interviews, he seems shady, narcissistic and a me-first kinda guy. He may not be, but that is the impresion I get. His father’s exploits only add to that feeling. He has talent but there are enough tangible issues to be concerned about a 1st round gamble.

  33. Deb says: Mar 28, 2011 11:31 PM

    Two impressions. The first was wondering about the basis for that review and whether he included any commentary about Newton’s football skills. The second was thinking that his comments were dead on the money–sorry to say I sense the same “snake oil salesman” quality about Newton.

    @baboushka … No grounds for a lawsuit here. Newton is a public figure and this is considered “fair comment and criticism.”

  34. nflpuppetmaster says: Mar 28, 2011 11:33 PM

    It’s about time someone in the media removed their head from Cam Newton’s ass and sees him for what he really is: a huge waste of first round money and physical talent.

  35. stevincinci says: Mar 28, 2011 11:33 PM

    brownsfrown says: Mar 28, 2011 9:31 PM

    Sounds like a perfect first-round pick for my perennial expansion team the Cleveland Clowns.

    At least you are a homie that admits your team……. well, you know.

  36. stevincinci says: Mar 28, 2011 11:36 PM

    riderspantherssk says: Mar 28, 2011 9:44 PM

    You would think most teams doing due diligence would reach the same conclusions as PFW. I hope Hurney and Richardson don’t take a chance, spending your top pick on a QB for 3 straight years is when I run out of confidence.

    Not to mention, they took two qb’s in last years draft. Claussen and Tony Pike.

  37. airraid77 says: Mar 28, 2011 11:49 PM

    kissmyheisman
    tell me the triple option/sw qb to win the superbowl? I double dare you.
    HINT: nobody….and that is what newton is.

  38. 904blasta says: Mar 28, 2011 11:53 PM

    Well since Tom Curran said it you can take it to the bank.

    Opinions are like elbows and such…

    The facts don’t lie. Proven Winner. Back to Back National Champion (JUCO AND NCAA). 2nd player all time to 20 tds passing/ 10tds running (and fastest to it). Etc, Etc, Etc….

    What are the concerns about Gabbert’s game? Let’s start with how he regressed from is soph. to junior year. Or the fact he struggled against the pathetic Big 12. Or how he couldn’t even maintain a 2:1 TD: INT ratio.

    Or let’s just forget all that and blast Cam Newton.

    What exactly are Mr. Curran’s credentials? Where did he pick up his psych. degree to be able to come up with the analysis that Newton is “disengenuous”?

    Why don’t we ask the players who shared a locker room with him at UF, Blinn and Auburn if he “struggles to command respect” or “can’t win a locker room”.

    Please.

    The hate for this kid is totally undeserved.

    Yet these are the same people who want me to believe that Gabbert is somehow a better qb.

    Based on what? Definitely not based on the body of work they’ve shown on the field.

    Cam Newton will be the 1st player selected on April 28th.

    “Wow”, indeed.

  39. freedomispopular says: Mar 28, 2011 11:54 PM

    Sounds like he should fit right in with the NFL family….

  40. ernestbynershands says: Mar 29, 2011 12:12 AM

    tim Couch
    Akili smith
    jaMarcus russell
    todd mariNovich
    ryan lEaf
    laWrence phillips
    blair Thomas
    charles rOgers
    tony maNdarich

  41. stonedwhitetrash says: Mar 29, 2011 12:13 AM

    Cam Who?

  42. gypjet says: Mar 29, 2011 12:30 AM

    For all you Nolan Nawrocki bashers and Cam Newton Kool-aid drinkers, Nawrocki was shouting that Ryan Leaf was going to be a bust and accurately predicted that Matt Leinart was below average at best.

  43. lostsok says: Mar 29, 2011 2:35 AM

    I’ve heard people compare Newton to John Elway. Well, maybe Cam should just let John Elway PLAY for him…then put his name on the performance.

    It’s how he got through college(s) after all.

  44. goawayeverybody says: Mar 29, 2011 3:03 AM

    Whoa. That is an absolutely scathing indictment! I’m reeling.

  45. axespray says: Mar 29, 2011 4:57 AM

    “Very disingenuous — has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup. Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them. Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law — does not command respect from teammates and will always struggle to win a locker room ”

    ^ sure that’s not a discreption of Big Ben pretending to be a changed man (for the like, 4th time in his career) ?

    not saying he’s guilty, but dude has that PLAY TO THE CAMERA vibe. It’s like sensing a badguy on that show dexter.

  46. gbfanforever says: Mar 29, 2011 6:46 AM

    So he’s being ripped for having a Dan Marino personality?

  47. texline1 says: Mar 29, 2011 6:53 AM

    I am pretty sure he suffered a torn rotor cuff ( Look it up) at his last press conference while attempting to pat himself on the back. I can’t wait to see that big fake-ass smile after he can afford some gold teeth. It will look great for his next mug shot.

  48. blkmanwtan says: Mar 29, 2011 6:58 AM

    Irresponsible journalism. This guy never met the kid and typed how he felt about the kid, not what he knows about the kid. I thought bloggers were bad, this clown is a joke.

  49. paintan8 says: Mar 29, 2011 7:12 AM

    Wow. He just described Michael Vick 10 years ago.

  50. freakish213 says: Mar 29, 2011 7:28 AM

    see: JaMarcus Russell

  51. tv426 says: Mar 29, 2011 7:52 AM

    whatswiththehate

    __________________________
    This dude is on with his analysis and has proven that over the years. Cam will be a bust.

    Hopefully you are still on here in a few years when Cam is sharing purple drank with JaMarcus so we can all tell you “we told you so”!

  52. joepags says: Mar 29, 2011 7:52 AM

    none of the top picks live up to the hype

  53. sterling7 says: Mar 29, 2011 8:33 AM

    Like I’ve been saying all along,when you need defensive help and in some cases desperately, when you can get super blue chippers and sure fire starters like Marcell Dareous, Nick Fairley, Da’Quan Bowers, Von Miller and Patrick Peterson why waste your first round draft choice on the unknown? You can definitely get a starting quarterback in the second and even the third round-how far off am I? P.S. not to mention A.J. Green and Julio Jones even though they are wide receivers!

  54. hotep999 says: Mar 29, 2011 8:42 AM

    …i missed the part about his arm strength, accuracy (or lack there of), mobility…basically the things that make him an athlete. I don’t remember seeing any measurable at the combine for everything Nawrocki listed. What a draft guide!

  55. tombradyswig says: Mar 29, 2011 8:43 AM

    ““Very disingenuous — has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup. Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them. Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law — does not command respect from teammates and will always struggle to win a locker room . . . Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example. Immature and has had issues with authority. Not dependable.””

    Yep, sounds like Mike Vick version 1.0

  56. santolonius says: Mar 29, 2011 8:47 AM

    this has to have been leaked to the media in an attempt to shock cam newton himself into considering the importance of some accelerated maturation. it’s hard to imagine what it might be like to wake up and read something like this about yourself. hopefully there are people around him who tell him that there’s a unfortunated truth at the core of these words that must be corrected and can only be corrected by cam newton.

  57. danimalk82 says: Mar 29, 2011 9:02 AM

    hotep999 says: Mar 29, 2011 8:42 AM

    …i missed the part about his arm strength, accuracy (or lack there of), mobility…basically the things that make him an athlete. I don’t remember seeing any measurable at the combine for everything Nawrocki listed. What a draft guide!

    Here’s a stat for you… Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers have never stolen a laptop. Personalities matter in a game that challenges you mentally as much as physically.

  58. nicksabansanahole says: Mar 29, 2011 9:23 AM

    Oh, he is gonna be a Panther, you can count on that. Hurney is drooling.

  59. fsfwannabe says: Mar 29, 2011 9:25 AM

    @hotep999:

    From the original article:

    “Under the “Negatives” for Newton, Nawrocki details the on-field shortcomings. It’s a lot of the same critiques we’re familiar with: one-year producer, limited field vision, spotty accuracy.”

    The news isn’t the bad review, the news is someone finally assembling all of his questionable intangibles in one place.

  60. trusher1422 says: Mar 29, 2011 9:43 AM

    I love how there are always a couple of white knights who ride in on their horses to save the reputation of the fair Cam Newton. Someone says something negative about the Boy Wonder and 904blasta, whatswiththehate and others immediately start blasting Blaine Gabbert’s game. NONE OF THE POSTS OR THE NAWROCKI ARTICLE COMPARED NEWTON TO GABBERT!!!

    If Gabbert is more appealing to some people it is probably because he doesn’t bring the carnival to town every time he’s in public. I personally feel Gabbert will be nothing more than a mediocre QB in the NFL but I certainly think he has more upside for most franchises than Newton because he comes across as being “real”.

  61. blkmanwtan says: Mar 29, 2011 10:16 AM

    If Cam Newton wasn’t good, then none of you guys wouldn’t commit on every Cam Newton article.

    Everytime Profootballtalk mentions Cam Newton, they get about over 50 responses.

    Like I said from the begining, the guy who wrote this article is irresponsible and gives journalism a bad name.

    If I had to ask about Cam Newton’s character I would ask his coach at Auburn or coach Meyer. You guys are making a bigger fuss about the stolen laptop that Newton bought, then the guy whose laptop was stolen.

  62. Deb says: Mar 29, 2011 12:47 PM

    @blkmanwtan …

    Cam’s talented, handsome, and charming. That attracts attention. So does a dirty-dealing preacher. You’d ask Coach Meyer? Meyer dumped him. That’s the same Coach Meyer who let guys with arrest records stay on the team. Kinda speaks volumes, doesn’t it?

  63. hollandsig says: Mar 29, 2011 2:51 PM

    Cam Newton is going “FIRSTY” – He is thhe best in the Draft and that smile of his? Yes, thos teeth are very real and WHITE. So they do enhance his smile some what! Does this make the jealous “Nawrocki” upset for some reason? That assassin with a Word Processor (WorStar 2000?) did not even mention that Cam Newton was the

  64. hollandsig says: Mar 29, 2011 3:01 PM

    Cam Newton is going “FIRSTY” – He is thhe best in the Draft and that smile of his? Yes, thos teeth are very real and WHITE. So they do enhance his smile some what! Does this make the jealous “Nawrocki” upset for some reason? That assassin with a Word Processor (WorStar 2000?) did not even mention that Cam Newton was the FOOTBALL PLAYER IN DIVISION ONE (aka-BCS?). Of talent in Div-II, I-AA, and Div-III, who are down there because of High School Math & English Grades
    The best QB of the past Decade to come out of College was Dusty Bonner, Out of Valdosta State – I bet NAWROCKI doesn’t even know who Dusty Bonner is. He is JUST the 2 time Harlon Trophy Winner who threw 108 TD Passes in 2 Years and ove 8,000 yards in 2 years. He got Black Balled by the Atlanta Falcons because he was up against a US$65M NO CUT Contract paid to Vick. They were both Rookies together. Dusty had to go into the Arena Football League. Check his States out with the Lousiville Horseman.

  65. tombrookshire says: Mar 31, 2011 5:33 PM

    I guess he will have spend a couple of years in federal prison to knock that smug smile off his face. Heading down Vick Avenue.

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