Cameron Newton studied social and behavioral sciences at Auburn University. He's 6 ft 6 in, 249 lb. He was born in College Park, Georgia and attended Westlake High School in Fulton County, Georgia. Oh, yeah he's a pretty good quarterback too.
Newton's accolades include the Manning award, Davey O'brien award, Maxwell award, Walter Camp award, and the highly coveted Heisman Trophy - all of these a result of his incredible junior season with the Auburn Tigers. However, although he had one of the best statistical seasons in college football history, highlighted by a BCS National Championship victory over Oregon, Newton's potential at the next level is still under question.
Many scouts believe that he cannot replicate his success on Sundays, that he will struggle in a pro-style offense. Newton put up gaudy numbers in Gus Malzahn's (Auburn offensive coordinator) spread offense, much of which was centered around option reads, shotgun sets, and designed QB runs. Some believe his numbers were merely a product of a system and that he will struggle when he cannot rely on his physical prowess alone.
Two weeks ago, Newton held a 45-minute public workout in San Diego with esteemed quarterback mentor George Whitfield Jr. The controversial quarterback was extremely impressive, working under center and completing a multitude of different throws. Even though it was merely 45 minutes of work in a t-shirt and shorts, Newton's performance is making scouts reconsider his potential.
Newton will attend the NFL combine in Indianapolis at the end of the month, and most likely, will be the most impressive quarterback there. He certainly has a proclivity for winning - just look at his performance in the Iron Bowl this year (led 24-point comeback to beat the Crimson Tide). If he can prove to scouts that he can make throws under center, there is no reason that Newton cannot be the number one pick in this year's draft.
I know, it was just one workout. But, surely no one is set on Blaine Gabbert as a true, elite NFL quarterback. Newton has the numbers, the size, the speed, and the hype. There is a long time between now and April 28. If he consistently has these types of impressive workouts, expect the BCS National Champion to be a lock for a top five pick.
I expect Cameron Newton to be an extremely successful NFL quarterback. If placed in the proper system with the right coaches, Newton's physical attributes can be extremely dangerous. Imagine Michael Vick, only 40 pounds heavier and half a foot taller. You tell me that's not worth a number one pick.
The Carolina Panthers were 2-14 last season. They just hired a new coach, Ron Rivera. Clearly this is a franchise in transition. Da'Quan Bowers has the potential to be a very good defensive player; but he's not winning any games for you next year. Cameron Newton is a unique talent, certainly worthy of a number one pick. Jimmy Clausen is not the solution.
As we approach the draft, expect Newton's stock to skyrocket. It's not every day that you see a top-level quarterback in a linebacker's body. Think about it, Carolina.