Justin Tuck: 'Athletic quarterbacks don't last long'
Plenty of scouts, front-office types and coaches will gather at Auburn today for the school’s pro day and a close look at Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton.
The Carolina Panthers are considering using the No. 1 overall pick in the April draft on the quarterback. Newton is under the microscope. But there’s one player in the league who absolutely wouldn’t take Newton to start the draft.
Paul Schwartz of the New York Post tracked down what New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck had to say at MIT last week where he appeared for the Sloan Spots Analytics Conference. Let’s just say Tuck doesn’t have Newton atop his own personal draft board.
“Would I take him at No. 1? Absolutely not," Tuck said. “In this league, the athletic quarterbacks don't last long.
"It's the quarterbacks (like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees) that can sit in the pocket and take a picture of whatever defense we're in and know in 0.3 seconds that a hot slant is going to be open. … It's those guys that (teams) are looking for, and I don't think Cam is that player yet. If he comes into the league doing what he did in college, he won't be in this league for very long."
Maybe Newton can win some fans later today. He did not throw the ball well at the Scouting Combine last month and that is a legitimate concern for teams.
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