Auburn quarterback Cam Newton held a 45-minute workout just for the media on Thursday, and looked impressive according to those in attendance.
Newton is an interesting prospect because of his impressive physical skills. At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, he has a live arm and possesses running skills like Tim Tebow or Michael Vick.
Newton won’t be around when Seattle selects at No. 25. But NFC West division rivals Arizona (No. 5) or San Francisco (No. 7) likely will have a shot at him.
The issue for Newton will be explaining his off-the-field issues to NFL executives, including his alleged involvement in the theft of a computer and allegations of cheating while at the University of Florida, along with the allegation of his father asking for money from Mississippi State for his son to attend there after a year at junior college after leaving Florida.
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ESPN’s Trent Dilfer was part of the media contingent on hand gushing over Newton’s performance. Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network also heaped on the praise here.
But Mike Mayock of the NFL Network, who did not attend the workout, was more reserved in his evaluation, noting that the best workout he ever saw by a quarterback came from JaMarcus Russell.
Mayock still has Newton as the No. 3 quarterback behind Blaine Gabbert and Jake Locker. Mayock said he already knows Newton has great physical skills, but getting over the off-the-field issues and proving he can pick up the complexities of a pro-style offense will be the key for the Auburn product.
Former Seattle Seahawk quarterback Warren Moon, who attended the workout, chimed in on Newton here.
Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports offers an interesting compromise in the continuing stalemate between the players and owners in the CBA negotiations, suggesting that the league phase in revenue give-backs the owners are asking for, which would allow the player to continue to make roughly the same percentage of revenue if the league continues to grow financially at the rate it is now. Perhaps this proposal makes too much sense for the two sides to consider it.
Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post remains optimistic that the two sides can get a deal done before the March 3 deadline.
And what would February be without some NFL power rankings? USA Today puts Seattle at 18th overall in their first rankings for the 2011 season.