When the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine rolls by in a few weeks, NFL talent evaluators will have a lot of questions for former Auburn QB Cam Newton, a projected first-round pick.
NFL Network resident GM Michael Lombardi and analyst Torry Holt broke down some of what they anticipate teams wanting to find out about Newton on “NFL Total Access.”
“I want to know about his work ethic, I want to know about his reads,” Lombardi assessed. “The college game is moving further away from the pro game. … I’ve got to find about his reads, what offense he ran, his protection and how he understands protection. There’s so much to learn. Then you have to go back to your office and say, ‘What offense can Newton run, and can we win the Super Bowl running that offense?'”
There’s little question about Newton’s athletic ability. But like many college quarterbacks before him, it will be up to NFL teams to evaluate whether Newton can run a pro offense when they simply don’t have any tape of him actually doing it.
As Lombardi notes, it leaves Newton with plenty of questions to answer.