Cam Newton leaves Auburn for NFL draft

In news that should come as a surprise to no one, Auburn’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton is leaving school to enter the NFL draft.

“This decision was difficult for me and my family,” Newton said. “I think it is best that I make that next step in my career and forgo my senior season and enter the NFL Draft. It was a very hard decision for me, especially after coming off the great season we had at Auburn. I’m blessed to have been around an excellent environment and have great teammates, coaches and support from the Auburn family.”

Opinions diverge on what kind of pro player Newton will be: He’s a great athlete with a good arm, but he hasn’t played in a pro-style offense, and his considerable skills in the spread attack won’t necessarily translate to the NFL.

Of course, whether Newton is ready for the pro game or not, he’s surely ready to leave college and the constant NCAA scrutiny he’s endured during his season at Auburn.

42 responses to “Cam Newton leaves Auburn for NFL draft

  1. “I think it is best that I make that next step in my career and forgo my senior season and enter the NFL Draft.”

    Translation…My dad has been making money off of my athletic ability, it is time I do the same…before the NCAA finds their smoking gun that proves that I knew all along that my “proud papa” was shopping my “talents”.

    Last year’s “I’m leaving for my dream job” douche of the year was Pete Carroll leaving USC, having NOTHING to do with their sanctions…NOOOOOOO (wink wink). This year’s may just be Cam Newton leaving Auburn, having nothing to do with the fact that it is only a matter of time before proof is available that he was a part of the $$$$ for play scheme.

  2. Is his dad his agent? i bet he is.
    Another JMarcus Russel great, or another Jason Campbell. This guy in any NFL team would only have to deal with this dude but his dad as well, he would want the most money for his son, and there would be a hold out.
    Cam= But daddy i want to play football
    Dad= no son, not until i get paid a lot.. i mean we…we hold out till they pay us
    Dad= damn it.. why coudn’t we get drafted by the redskins they sure would pay us 100mil.

  3. Not surprising – Cam goes for immediate riches and Luck is about delayed gratification.

    I see these type of choices made every day and the results are always the same.

    They never learn.

  4. Cam “Show My Dad The Money” Newton has bust written all over him. Everything has come so easy based on his athletic ability that actually LEARNING the pro game will be even harder for him than most spread QBs.

    I predict he’ll look great in practice, but in game situations will fall back on his instincts. He’ll make some spectacular plays…but he’ll also discombobulate the offense he’s supposed to be running, and he (and whatever team is dumb enough to over-draft him) will never get in sync.

    Obviously, and this isn’t even a prediction it’s so easy, he’ll blame everyone but himself when this happens. People make too much of his dad pimping him around…but this is a guy that STOLE ANOTHER STUDENTS WORK and passed it off as his own. That is a red flag in a big way. Not only was he too lazy to do his own work…not only was he willing to cheat…he was fine with the fact that the student he stole from would flunk the test. That, my friends, is a big league SCUMBAG.

    If Miami–my team–takes him…I’ll hang myself.

  5. Uh-huh, it must have been terribly difficult deciding to leave his Auburn “family” of only one year given the continuing FBI corruption probe involving so many major Auburn boosters. Since those boosters have now begun taking plea deals that may include explaining how they’ve spent their money the last few years, it’s probably wise, as we say in the South, for Cam to “git while the gitting is good.”

  6. His stock is never going to be higher than it is right now. His motion is better and more consistant than either Tebow or Vince Young, but his greatest assest in college was outweighing everyone by 40 pounds. At best he’s David Garrard and worse – Russell.

  7. jajibokum – Your comment is completely ignorant. Did you consider that Luck’s dad was a former professional football player, is currently an athletic director at a major university, and that money has probably never been an issue for Luck? So while its great that Luck is doing what’s best for him, to jump on Newton, who has a completely different background (and obviously a family that is counting on him to support them as opposed to the Luck situation), is just lazy and ridiculous.

  8. I hope NFL teams have finally learned there lessons about the one-year wonders. Akili Smith, Jamarcus Russell, and now Cam Newton all had/have strong arms and flashy senior years, though none of them showed themselves to be “NFL-ready”. Heck, Jamarcus was actually a better prospect than Newton, and we saw how that turned out.

    If Newton gets drafted in the second round or later, doesn’t get an insanely huge contract where he’ll need to play right away, and goes to the right team that can develop him slowly, he could become something.

    But that could be said for Smith or Russell.

  9. This might be the first time ever where the NFL’s Draft will be like the NBA’s

    1. A “one-and-done” player like Newton.

    2. Rookie-wage scale.

    Who’s going to be the agent … Dad?

  10. Let’s see. In the BCS game, Cam made at least one key throw too high, and another important one too low. Both were incomplete passes. His accuracy is suspect. Credit the victory to the Michael Dyer and the Tiger defense. Once again we have an overhyped Heisman winner who will fail in the NFL due to lofty expectations.

  11. He could be another Randall Cunningham……….. You never know until he reaches the pros…….. But Andrew Luck is the closest to a sure thing that i have seen since Peyton Manning, he is that good…..

  12. I can’t wait for the excuses when this guy does not light up the league from the start even thought he will be a top 10 pick. you already started with the referance to the offense he played in college. meanwhile you experts delare tebow a failure even though he was not a top 10 pick. so newton with all the hype he has gotten will need time to devlop but tebow does not get the same benifit before yopu declare him a bust?

  13. radrntn says:
    Jan 13, 2011 9:36 PM
    JaMArcus Newton…SEC quarterbacks suck
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    Yeah that Peyton Manning, what a bust! Matthew Stafford has no future either, Matt Flynn is terrible, uh-huh.

  14. It’s simple. Sell when stock is high and before injury. Come on guys you would do the exact same thing.

  15. Well said Deb. Except there is only one G in ‘Gittin’!! I think we will know very quickly on draft day what the NFL thinks of Cam and all his baggage / father.

  16. txttn says: Jan 13, 2011 10:36 PM

    jajibokum – Your comment is completely ignorant. Did you consider that Luck’s dad was a former professional football player, is currently an athletic director at a major university, and that money has probably never been an issue for Luck? So while its great that Luck is doing what’s best for him, to jump on Newton, who has a completely different background (and obviously a family that is counting on him to support them as opposed to the Luck situation), is just lazy and ridiculous.
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    I get the point you’re making, and I’d normally agree with you. Cecil Newton, however, is the pastor of a church. Now, while most pastors aren’t counted amongst the uber-wealthy (except for the televangelists), they’re not exactly rotting in the poor house typically either. Unless Cecil is foolishly living way beyond his means, then the family shouldn’t need Cam to support them. If, however, that is the case, then considering his examples growing up and how many people he’s going to have feeding off of him, Cam will end up as one of those players who is completely broke within five years of leaving the NFL.

  17. Any rookie salary cap would be next season not this,that is why alot of college players are coming out early this year.

  18. Leaving town on a fast horse and just ahead of the posse. Hopefully, the collection plate got filled.

    Declared ineligible, but then reinstated because he claimed to have no knowledge of his parents actions. My memory isn’t what it used to be, but this movie sounds very familiar.

  19. cwitty63 says: Jan 14, 2011 4:49 AM

    Any rookie salary cap would be next season not this,that is why alot of college players are coming out early this year.
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    You’re forgetting one key point. While this upcoming draft will take place under the auspices of the cba that is quickly coming to an end, the players who are drafted won’t be signed until after the new cba is signed. As such, the rules for signing these new draft picks will fall under the new cba, which will include a rookie salary cap. Cam is entering the draft because he’s afraid his draft stock might drop if he doesn’t. Think about it, he’s had one year in big time college football. It was a huge season that’s earned him a lot of attention, but the odds of him repeating that success are not huge. His performance in the BCS Championship for instance was uneven. A QB with his skill set and the kind of hype that he’s got right now can ill afford too many games where the opposing defense can bring him back to reality. Sticking around another year simply gives the teams in his conference a chance to review the gametape and figure out what they did wrong defending against him, further decreasing his odds of repeating the success he’s had this year.

  20. Stay in school, give yourself and your team another chance to win a championship again!

    If there isnt a CBA in place, you might not be playing this year anyway….

    Plus, next year you can go even higher in the draft, assuming all goes well….

  21. On behalf of the Redskins, we’ll draft him. Not because he’s good or we want to get better. We need someone who is driven by money after Haynesworth and McDirtball are gone and then underperforms. That’s how we fill holes!

  22. aznseal says:

    Yall need to get off Cam’s nuts. It was his father, not him. It’s over, done with, we won. GET OVER IT.

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    Until about five minutes before this happened, SEC rules would have made Cam ineligible even if he were the clueless pawn you’re naively painting him to be. Mysteriously something changed. But to ensure this kind of parental loophole doesn’t happen again, the SEC has promised to change it back … as soon as they finish counting their BCS money. 🙄

    Meanwhile, high level Auburn boosters have been indicted in an ongoing FBI probe of a gambling/bribery conspiracy in Alabama, and the feds have said they’ve found a link to Auburn recruiting violations. Their priority is building their gambling case in their own sweet time, but eventually they’ll close their investigation and make those records public.

    You’re right … it is over and done with for Cam. But don’t bet the farm that Auburn has heard the last of it.

  23. Deb says: Jan 14, 2011 2:51 PM

    Until about five minutes before this happened, SEC rules would have made Cam ineligible even if he were the clueless pawn you’re naively painting him to be. Mysteriously something changed. But to ensure this kind of parental loophole doesn’t happen again, the SEC has promised to change it back … as soon as they finish counting their BCS money. 🙄

    Meanwhile, high level Auburn boosters have been indicted in an ongoing FBI probe of a gambling/bribery conspiracy in Alabama, and the feds have said they’ve found a link to Auburn recruiting violations. Their priority is building their gambling case in their own sweet time, but eventually they’ll close their investigation and make those records public.

    You’re right … I didn’t know that colleges are businesses
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    u mad?

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