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ESPN’s Trent Dilfer Raves About Cam Newton Workout: “It was phenomenal”

Heisman Trophy winning Auburn quarterback Cam Newton put on quite a show today for the media during a workout in San Diego, according to former Super Bowl quarterback and current ESPN football analyst Trent Dilfer.

“His mechanics are so sound,” Dilfer said.   “The ball just jumps off his hands.  He made 30 big-time throws.”  Later he said, “If scouts saw this they’d have been slobbering.”

Dilfer said Newton is a specimen who towers over him despite the fact that Dilfer is 6’4″.  He loved the young quarterback’s foot work and ability to make all the throws.  The former quarterback was amazed at how far he has come in just a couple weeks of working out with quarterback coach George Whitfield.

The former Baltimore Ravens signal-caller couldn’t have spoken higher about the way Newton looked in the workout. He was shocked at the quick and compact release and throwing motion by the big guy.

Dilfer said he has never seen a more impressive workout than Newton put on.  He marveled about the strength of his arm, not to mention the accuracy of Newton’s throws.

The ESPN personality said Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon was also in attendance and Dilfer said Moon was just as impressed by the workout.

He raved about Newton’s accuracy as a thrower. According to Dilfer, the Heisman Trophy winner was able to throw the ball through the wind with great velocity and accuracy.  On the ESPN telecast he said there were four or five balls which were dropped because the velocity on Newton’s ball was so strong.

He said it was one of the most phenomenal personal workouts he had ever seen.

George Whitfield is the quarterback coach who has been working with him.  He’s worked with Cam and has him getting his legs involved with his throws.

Dilfer was off the charts in his praise of Newton.

He didn’t say he knew Newton’s football acumen, so he wouldn’t commit about how quickly he thought Newton would be able to grasp a NFL offensive system and take over as a starting quarterback in the NFL.

According to Dilfer, Newton is at least a top five pick.  He said there’s no way that a talent like Newton will remain on the board very long, meaning the first four or five pick.  He said there’s no way Newton last until the tenth pick which is owned by the Redskins.

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Act The Fool
Act The Fool
February 10, 2011 3:02 pm

I don’t think the Cards will draft him. Wisenhunt is on the hot seat, and he wouldn’t risk his career on a rookie signal caller.

I see Newton going to either the Niners, Vikes, or even possibly as high as the Bills

paulman
paulman
February 10, 2011 3:37 pm

***New Trade Alert****

Eagles Trade QB K Kolb, WR J Avant and DT Patterson and their #1 st Rd
Pick (#23 Overall) to the Carolina Panthers for their #1 Overall Pick and
Draft Cam Newton…
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DEagle
DEagle
February 10, 2011 4:22 pm

As an Auburn grad, I’ll always be grateful to Cam Newton. i watched every game and he’s not ready. Trade kolb and use one of the picks to grab the quarterback from Nevada (Capernick) who will also be a project. We need O-lineman and defensive backs more than a Qb.

Tberry4
Tberry4
February 10, 2011 5:59 pm

@Paulman I second that EVER! I’ve been debating this with people for months now. Cam Newton would be my top pick. You know a football player when you see one. Auburn didn’t allow him to throw the ball. I’m really tired of this “spread offense” transition that everyone is afraid of. I’m not really sure what you call what the Packer do when they have Rodgers in Shotgun and 4 or 5 Wide. The spread offense has been incorporated into the pros and a lot of these QB’s are in the Shotgun most of the time.

tydm
tydm
February 10, 2011 5:59 pm

Could use DT,DE,2 LB over qb

SportsBum
SportsBum
February 10, 2011 7:23 pm

The funny thing is…… I always thought that the Eagles surprise pick in the 1st round might be a QB, and before he really started moving up….. I thought maybe Cam Newton. The Eagles are eventually gonna need a replacement for Vick. He ain’t getting any younger and his style is gonna get him injured. He might be done sooner than later. I don’t think Kafka is the future. They are gonna need to draft a replacement for Vick either this year or next maybe……. No later than the 2013 draft, and the way Vick gets injured…… It would be beneficial to do it early.

runtheball09
runtheball09
February 10, 2011 9:29 pm

Cam Newton seems to be this drafts swallow fest. glub glub

Beijingjake
Beijingjake
February 11, 2011 6:52 am

Let’s wait for the Wonderlic before mortgaging the Bird’s future. Anyone who lets his Dad chose his college (especially THAT Dad) might have issues.

West_Philly_Ty
West_Philly_Ty
February 11, 2011 8:40 am

@ Beijingjake
Don’t know where you are going with that statement,oh and Ryan Fitzpatrick scored a 50….So what are we talkin about?

paulman
paulman
February 11, 2011 8:52 am

He’s a super athlete no doubt with a lot of potential,
I think he’s more like a D Culpepper who can read defenses and has solid fundamentals to be a very good Pro NFL Qb, but of course, the key for him
is what team he lands on and what coaching he receives..
I see the Dolphins/Redskins/Jaguars as teams who will give him serious looks where he won’t be asked to be the starter right away and learn behind
a veteran and then be ready in 2012 to take over

jroc757
jroc757
February 11, 2011 9:39 am

He’ll be nothing more than a humble Vince Young…… What Young did in college was just insane……. The same as Newton which killed Vince Young’s college days but this is the NFL…….. What he did in college is elementary compared to the NFL……… I dont think that Shanahan will take a shot at him…. I think he’ll go at Ryan Mallet……. His experience with Mcnabb was something Shanahan didnt stomach too well……. He’ll go to Minnesota and battle Joe Webb for the starting spot……. I think the redskins will go after Mallet and have Mark Bulger as there starter………. Just a thought……..

I also think that if we have an healthy Jamal Jackson the Eagles will move Mcglyn to RG……..

jroc757
jroc757
February 11, 2011 9:44 am

We should make Leonard Weaver our Rb……. No LONGER full-back and him and McCoy can share snaps……Give Schmitt the starting Fb job…… Draft a speedy rb who can help on passing downs someone like Noel Devine out of WVU…. He’ll do wonders in the return game to make Deshawn Jackson our primary #1 this season in which he will no longer return kicks……..

greenfan
greenfan
February 11, 2011 9:56 am

@ jroc…..I also see Newton as more a Vince Young clone

paulman
paulman
February 11, 2011 10:40 am

Jroc757
FB Weaver career is in deep jeopardy due to his major knee injuriy.
I say it’s about a 80-20% chance that he is released,retires or fails to pass a physical. He recently has his 3 Surgery on that injured knee and apparenty has nerve damage too.. The Doctor stated last September when performing the 1st Surgery, that in his 20 Year Medical career, he has never seen a knee with more damage done to it .

On C Newton,
He is much more polished as a QB than V Young was coming out of College
I think Newton has much better mechanics, can read read defenses and is much better prepared than V Young was coming out.. I compare Newton
to a Culpepper & McNabb who were more QB’s first, and who could run, but looked to throw first and then could run when needed to..
Y Voung was a runner first who could throw on occasiosn and still to this day has a hard time reading coverages since he hasn’t worked on his game
(Similar to M Vick during his time with Atlanta)
This C Newton has been prepped all his life (by his Dad) to be a QB..

Beijingjake
Beijingjake
February 11, 2011 11:15 am

West Philly – for my limited two cents, I’d rather have a guy who can read defenses quickly, decipher what he is up against, etc. THAN someone who is monstrous in size and can throw a ball through a brick wall. Drew Breese comes to mind. Agree with you that of course a 50 does not necessarily correlate with football smarts, nor do other factors like small hands, or a slow 40 time, etc. But before considering (which I HOPE the Birds are not, as their needs are greater on OL, LB and DB than QB) taking him, we just should see if he is a 6 or 26. It’s a factor that should be considered, that’s all.

And damn knee injuries… Weaver was more valuable than most people gave him credit for.

jott1972
jott1972
February 11, 2011 1:57 pm

his workout means nothing….if I am a scout, its VOID! He threw the football without pads or a helmet on, no pressure or defense to read either….give me a break! Jamaracus Russell looked great in his private workout, look at him now! It’s not about how far or fast you can toss a football….there is more to playing QB in the NFL and Newton has years to go to be an NFL starting QB.

West_Philly_Ty
West_Philly_Ty
February 11, 2011 2:32 pm

You can learn to read defenses but you can’t learn to thrown far or run fast

West_Philly_Ty
West_Philly_Ty
February 11, 2011 2:34 pm

Yes it’s more to playing QB than that..but we also know that without it you won’t be playing anything

Beijingjake
Beijingjake
February 11, 2011 4:45 pm

True true West, but my take is this guy is raw potential for the pro game, and is years away from knowing if he will make it or not. J. Russell I think played more big-time games than Newton, so to some extent might have been less of a risk. But you never know – who would have thought Brady would end up who he ended up as? And on the other side – Jeff George. Rocket arm, stud in college, but single digit Wonderlic score (or there abouts).

MaybeTheyCan
MaybeTheyCan
February 11, 2011 6:08 pm

Pardon me but, many promising young QBs as well as experienced NFL QBs marvelous footwork, hyper-accuracy, ability to manage wind, lead the receiver etc. etc. etc. etc goes right out the window with NFL D Lineman in your face.

Stop with the BS gushing over a friggin’ choreographed performance throwing to receivers running across the field with no coverage and guys standing still on the field with outstretched arms between them. It’s a joke. I saw this performance, not workout, on the NFL network and it means NOTHING other than he can throw to uncovered receivers with no defensive players on the field. So what! You talk about the media creating something out of nothing…

paulman
paulman
February 11, 2011 6:14 pm

It was no secret for those who have followed Jemarcus Russell that he was
a little on the lazy side, not highly self-motiovated to excell and become a top athlete.. Cam Newton is nothing like Russell in personality,work-ethic and smarts.. He is self driven and though toutors by an overbearing Father,
Cam Newton has the physical and mental make-up to be successful as a NFL QB, he will need to get into the right situation and receive good coaching to learn as most Rookie players and especially high profile ones do
but to compare him to J Russell is not accurate and actually an insult to Newton or to anyone who is familiar with both players careers and background.. .
do…

jott1972
jott1972
February 12, 2011 8:37 am

west – disagree…. look at Vince Young…still can’t read a defense….also, Newton’s off the field issues and cockiness wont bode well with some teams…. he is a high risk/high reward player, who I would NOT draft in the top 20 picks.

He is worth a late 1st or early 2nd. He has 2-3 years before he can play.