Panthers digging into junior college film on Cam Newton
As the clock ticks down with the Carolina Panthers set to make the first pick in the NFL draft, the team is uncovering all stones in doing its homework on Cam Newton.
More and more it looks like the Auburn quarterback could be the selection for the QB-needy Panthers. Peter King of Sports Illustrated reports that the Panthers asked for game tape from Blinn (Texas) College, the junior college that Newton led to a national championship in 2009.
“They wanted to see a little more tape,” Ronny Feldman, the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Blinn told King. “Of all the teams looking at him here, Carolina's been the big one. They called me twice this week.”
It stands to reason the Panthers would like more to go off of when it comes to Newton. He was at Auburn for only one season leaving teams with just one season of tape to evaluate. As King notes, Newton threw only 284 passes last season. How much you can evaluate off junior college tape remains to be seen. We’re talking about a low level of competition with young players across the board.
Feldman told King about 10 teams have shown up to look for some more information about Newton.
“I was with him day after day, side by side, for a year,”Feldman said. “I can't say enough good things about him. He's a yes-sir, no-sir kid, 100 percent trustworthy, with a strong passion to compete at anything. What a strong, strong leader.”
The Panthers are going to have to trust in Newton – completely – in order to use the top pick on him.
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