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Friday, May 20, 2011

Cam Newton, 1st Pick Overall 2011 NFL Draft

Newton, Cam Auburn 6050 248 4.59

Carolina Panthers

Junior entry. One-year starter. Junior college transfer. Started
career at the University of Florida. Won the junior college
national championship at Blinn (TX) Junior College in 2009.
Runs the spread, no huddle, run first edition. Confident and
aggressive in his play. Runs the dive and read option. Quick up
the field when he runs the ball. Big and strong. Uses the stiff arm
to ward off tacklers. Physical in the run game. Can take and
give a hit. Runs the ball out of the Wildcat. Can avoid defenders
in space. Question ability to pre-read, sight adjust, and locate
secondary receivers. His field vision and awareness are not readily
evident. Runs the quarterback counter sweep and follows his
blockers. Demonstrates an open field burst to run away from
defenders. Can elude pass rushers. Tall enough to see over the
line. Has a strong arm and fast ball when he needs it. Can zip the
ball on a shallow post route or hit a receiver on a 25-yard
comeback. Generally throws to wide open receivers. One flaw is
that he stares down and locks on a receiver. Will sling the ball
on the run off balance trying to make a play. Will need to learn
all the nuances and fundamentals of the pro passing game -
consistency, ability to anticipate windows in coverage, taking
snaps from center and dropping to the throwing point, For the
complete report see Ourlads Guide To The NFL Draft