Every year, the NFL draft winds down and everyone wants to know if their team is going to be great on draft day or will they lay the rotten egg. This year, no one has had to endure as much criticism as Cameron Newton. Cam has been analyzed from every angle and regardless of the scrutiny; he has withstood the criticism and stood tall. Don’t get it twisted, I am not saying that Newton will be as great as Andrew Luck will be next year when he enters the draft, but as far as talent goes, it’s hard to argue with the resume of this young man.
In the last three years, the young man has assembled a pretty significant resume. He was on the national championship team at Florida, he won a junior college national championship at Blinn College, and this year he led the Auburn Tigers to a national championship. The only downside of this argument is that he has had to face some scrutiny every where that he has been.
The way I see it, talent is talent. Newton reminds me a little of a couple of guys. The first is Josh Freeman. They share the same poise. Big bodied quarterbacks who believe that if given enough time, they can make the earth move. He also has a little Philip Rivers in him as his confidence is never shaken. He has the ability to look in his teammates eyes and demand that they follow or get out of the way. He also has a little Donovan McNabb in him as he can use his lower body to his advantage.
You may say that none of these guys have won anything yet, and with that statement you are true. But ask any team that didn’t draft either of those guys would they like to have them and all but 5 teams would say without hesitation yes.
I keep hearing comparisons of guys like Ryan Leaf and Jamarcus Russell. You can kill that noise quickly. Just start by looking at his body. (Pause) You don’t get a body like Cameron Newton has by being lazy of undisciplined. If you did, my body would look exactly like his. It takes commitment and work ethic. Jamarcus Russell was fat. Ryan leaf had no muscle.
Then I get the learning curve will be too great. I don’t know if it’s a racial thing or a stereotype, but the man has learned three offenses in three years and has found a way to be the starter in two of the situations. That’s pretty impressive for a man who nobody really paid any attention to until this year.
I even heard one scout question his mental toughness. Seriously, his mental toughness? Newton played this past season with more distractions than the Obama family gets on one of its holiday vacations in Hawaii. He's simply cool, collected and calm. He's tough to rattle. And that's a huge part of becoming a good NFL quarterback. Newton also threw 32 touchdown passes and only eight interceptions. He's careful with the football, makes good choices. Completion percentage was only 65.3 percent but in all fairness, he did have 23 drops from receivers this year. So that number is sure to grow as he becomes an NFL quarterback.
One thing is for sure, I wouldn’t bet against his success. If history has taught me anything, its taught me that some people are born winners and work to stay there, and I put Cam Newton in that category.
Stay Breezy ~ I’m Out!