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Newton considering leap to NFL?

Posted on: November 2, 2010 3:08 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Given the Heismanesque (and probably Heisman-winning) junior season he's enjoying and his NFL-ready physique (did you know he's 6'6", 250? Have you heard that mentioned anywhere?), the question was inevitable: could Cam Newton go pro after his one and only season at Auburn ?

When asked that very question Tuesday, Newton demurred in his typically press-savvy fashion , but also left the door decidedly open for a potential early departure:
Newton, one of the leading candidates for the Heisman Trophy, said he will come to a decision about whether he returns for his senior year once this season is over.

"There's a time and place for everything," Newton said Tuesday. "I'm not sitting up here and giving you a definite decision on how I'm feeling right now. How I'm feeling right now is UT-Chattanooga" ...

"I'm trying to partake and trying to grasp something that hasn't been done here in a long time," Newton said. "And we have a chance right now to seize the moment and we can't have those type of selfish thoughts to run through our mind, because it can be contagious and we don't want that around here."
Citing the need for team focus is a skillful rhetorical dodge (even the week of a homecoming game against an FCS punching bag), but reading between the lack of comments makes it clear Newton sees the NFL as an option, at least. That's also the situation as detailed by Auburn quarterback commitment and frequent Newton contact Kiehl Frazier of Springdale, Arkansas, who spoke to the Sporting News and confirmed the NFL is definitely on Newton's radar:

After Newton leaves, Frazier is expected to be a serious candidate to start at quarterback – whether it’s as a true freshman in 2011 if Newton leaves for the NFL after this season — or as a redshirt freshman or sophomore in 2012.

“(Newton and I” talk after just about every game, and he tells me the highlights are every game and his situation and what he’s thinking about the NFL,” Frazier told Sporting News over the weekend. “He’s not definite about anything yet. There’s definitely a chance that he’ll go. If he wins the Heisman, that would probably increase his changes of leaving. Right now I think he’s more focused on getting to the national championship.”

None of this is a surprise, of course; given the potential for Newton to earn megabucks as a first- or even second-round choice, the increased difficulty of returning to a 2011 Auburn team without huge chunks of its offensive line and starting defense, the wear-and-tear of running the ball as often as he does in the SEC , and inevitable emotional comedown in the event Newton's season ends in a Heisman Trophy and conference or national championships, he'd be a fool not to at least take a good long look at the NFL.

As Newton himself said, there's still so much information to gather before making a decision that now would not be the time even if he felt so inclined. But Auburn fans will have to live with the fact that, at the minimum, there will be a decision to be made when Auburn's exhilarating 2010 run is finished.



Since: Nov 2, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2010 1:45 pm

Newton considering leap to NFL?

I have absolutely no problem whatsoever with Cam talking to Frazier. I think that it's great, as you do. You evidently misunderstood the intent of my question, or I misrepresented it. Sorry if that's the case.
The only potential problem I see is Frazier talking to the press, about the details of personal communications with any Auburn player. Or simply put, I don't give a shit who he's talking to, just don't tell the media, what you are talking about.
I care more for the reputations of all Tiger athletes, than I do for media personalities(Except for Jerry of course). To me a player can get a bad reputation by saying too much to the media. I hope young Mr. Frazier has learned his lesson.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2010 10:47 am

Newton considering leap to NFL?

Newton obviously possesses the physical ability to play at any level at the QB position.  His form is raw right now.  I think with all the focus and coaching-skill he would be exposed to from quality NFL QB coaches, he would form up in a hurry.  His willing to change and adjust now shows his personal concentration on getting better.  Right now, there is not much focus on release height, back-foot-throwing, or anything like that.  He gets the ball where it needs to be without having to work on those little things.  I think the NFL scouts see that and understand what they're dealing with.  Do I think another year in college would improve his draft status? - probably, but how much.  It's tough to tell, and the little things about his game that need critiquing can be addressed in the spring, should he still be at Auburn.  Right now, all he needs to do to insure an NFL future is keep winning and dropping jaws. 

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2010 9:50 am

Newton considering leap to NFL?

KoolBell, I'm just curious what the problem is with frazier talking to newton. Not trying to pick a fight, just curious. My take on it is that it is fantastic. If it's breaking an NCAA rule it's one i'm not aware of. So if it's legal how can it be bad. Newton is going to do whatever he decides and we need to be happy for him either way. In the meantime he is apparently being a great recruiter for us. He is building a relationship with a stud recruit and selling him on Auburn is a good byproduct for us. If Newton leaves then Frazier is immediately at least allowed to compete for the starting job. If newton stays then he gets a year under a potential heisman winning QB that can show him the ropes at Auburn. It's win/win if he is humble enough to spend a year behind newton. newton will probably announce before signing day anyway and malzahn will be our OC or someone elses HC so frazier will have all the info he needs to make an informed decision. IMO it's much better that newton talk to him than malzahn. I'd rather the kid get comfortable with Auburn as opposed to his position coach who might leave!

Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2010 8:57 am

Newton considering leap to NFL?

Same was said of Tebow.

If Newton is projected for this year's draft as something other than a QB (which I highly, highly doubt), he wouldn't be going in the draft - he would return to solidify his QB standing.

I haven't a clue what his decision will be - I'm 50/50 on him staying/going at the moment.

Since: Nov 2, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2010 5:20 pm

Newton considering leap to NFL?

Hey Jerry,
Nice to see you have a steady job now(JK)
I think it's really interesting to hear Cam answer these obvious questions, that everyone has in the back of their mind. Do you think Frazier spilled the beans on purpose, or just youthful ignorance?
I wish he hadn't mentioned his weekly conversations with Cam, maybe he's learned his lesson.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2010 4:24 pm

Newton considering leap to NFL?

Seems like Newton would enter the NFL as something other than QB. Until he shows that he can do more than run the ball he has a bigger problem with NFL scouts than Tim Tebow did.

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