Cam NewtonHt/Wt: 6-5˝/250 lbs
Cam Newton's Player ProfileThis is somewhat of a hard prospect to evaluate. Normally when you evaluate the players you look at the body of work they've had in college, whether it's 3 or 4 years. Newton has only played one full season of football, playing at perhaps highest level being the SEC. In my opinion Newton has everything needed for the NFL, he is 6'6" 255 pounds and can run like a running back. He still needs to work on some aspects of his game. Accuracy in the short to intermediate passing game is going to be key for him. He has a strong arm and much like Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, he is nearly impossible to bring down. A possible top ten pick, if not then a for sure top twenty pick. He could be a work in progress but he will be successful because of his physical and natural ability.
Profile submitted by: Stephen Springer
QB project with enormous potential. Only played 1 yr of D1 football, but had as much individual and team success as a player can have. Did not play in a NFL style offense, but showed without a doubt he was the best player on the field in nearly every game against top level college competition. At 6ft 6 255 he is an enormous athlete with very nimble feet, strength and breakaway speed.
It is difficult to gauge his NFL passing ability since there is only 1 good season of tape which was not in an NFL type system, also teams were mainly geared to stop the run. However, you can still find throws that wow you with accuracy and show that he has NFL caliber velocity, and arm strength down the field. Since he only has 1 season of tape, which did not showcase a high volume of pocket passing, his accuracy will be questioned. Absolutely brilliant campaign, but was a little shaky in the title game perhaps because of a long lay off and tremendous build up and media hype.
Due to his size and athletic ability his greatest strength will be making plays in the face of pressure a la Ben Roethlisberger who he is most often compared to. His character may wrongfully be questioned due to his suspension at Florida, and violation allegations at Auburn. What cannot be questioned is a strong work ethic, and leadership skills that are second to none, highlighted buy an improbable comeback on the road against Alabama which was a game of legendary proportions.
Newton will best be served as a QB project that should be brought along slow to start, ideally with a good running game to bring in the defense. Playing with a good defense will also be important as he may never be QB that will pass his way to big comeback wins. Ben Roethlisberger is a great comparison. Once he gets up to speed he will do what is most important. Win.
Profile submitted by: Tom Patterson
ARM STRENGTH: Possesses an absolute cannon for an arm. Has the ability to fit the ball in between tight coverage and can throw the ball a mile with just a flick of the wrist. Consistently throws the ball with velocity and has excellent ball rotation on his throws.
GRADE: 19 OUT OF 20
ACCURACY & THROWING MECHANICS: Newton has a smooth delivery and a quick release. Shows decent touch, but not on a consistent basis. Occasionally overthrows receivers, and misses open targets open targets, but his overall completion percentage has managed to stay above 60%.
GRADE: 17 OUT OF 20
FOOTWORK & MOBILITY: Newton combines his 4.5 speed with a 6’ 5” 250lbs frame which is a deadly combination. Newton is able to escape pressure, break tackles, stiff arm pass rushers, and still get the pass off. As a ball carrier, on numerous occasions, he will lower his shoulder on defenders as he is capable of trucking linebackers and simply dismantling defensive backs in the open field. Without a doubt, he adds a whole other dimension to the offense that opposing defenses have to account for.
GRADE: 19 OUT OF 20
STATISTICAL PRODUCTION: This past season Newton threw for over 2800 yards and 30 td’s with only 7 int’s. His rushing stats were equally impressive: 1285 yards rushing with 20 td’s. His production last year was outstanding, but he only has one season of numbers to go by.
GRADE: 17 OUT OF 20
INTANGIBLES: Cam Newton past indiscretions are well documented. A number of red flags have been raised such as the accusations of theft and alleged academic cheating while at Florida, and most notably, the alleged actions of his father during his recruitment out of junior college. Despite the negatives, no one can deny Newton’s ability to transform a program into an immediate winner. After transferring from Florida he led Blinn Junior College to the NJCAA Championship. From there, he joined what had been an above average Auburn team, playing in the toughest conference in college football, and led them to a National Championship. In order to be successful at the next level, he will not be able to simply rely on his natural abilities. His devotion to film study, and his overall football IQ will be make or break for him at the next level. What will be his learning curve? At Auburn, Newton ran a very explosive offense, but not one that translates very well to the pro level. One thing working in his favor; he had to learn three different offenses during his college tenure and he seemed to have very little problem adjusting.
GRADE: 15 OUT OF 20
OVERALL GRADE: 87 - Tieri’s Quarterback Ranking System explained
POTENTIAL PLAYER COMPARISON: BEN ROETHLISBERGER
Profile submitted by: Augie Tieri of realtalkfantasysports.blogspot.com
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