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Why I would not use the #3 pick on Cam Newton

 

First some disclosures:  I am not now nor will I ever be a college football expert.  I am a fan, not a fanatic.  I watched Cam Newton a total of 3 times this season:  Alabama, South Carolina and Oregon, so I can hardly claim comprehensive knowledge.  As usual imperfect knowledge does not prevent me from forming an opinion and that opinion is he should not be drafted by the Bills with the 3rd pick in the 2011 draft.  My primary reason is that because of the system utilized by Auburn it is impossible to make any judgment about Newton’s ability to read and react to the defense.  The Auburn system took almost all of that out of Newton’s hands.  They ran a no huddle with a base spread set up which almost always had Newton in the shotgun.  As the defense aligned, Newton and the offense were signaled the play from the sideline.  I never saw Newton audible from that.  The offensive play caller had total control.  My understanding of the NFL is that a play (or plays) is called by the offensive play caller via radio to the quarterback in the huddle.  The offense lines up and now the quarterback takes over, reads the defense, adjusts or changes the play.  Responsibility passes to the quarterback once the huddle is broken.  Obviously, the ability to make these reads is critical to the success of a quarterback in the NFL.  I know that very few college offenses require a quarterback to make the reads the NFL requires but I think the Auburn system is particularly lacking in requiring any decision making by the quarterback.  Another “system” type issue is that Newton played behind either the best or second best (Wisconsin?) offensive line in college football.  The 4 senior starters had a collective total of over 150 starts among them!  Wrap me in a comfort blanket Mom!  Newton’s athleticism is undeniable but I watched him consistently throw off his back foot while moving.  He was accurate on short and medium passes from hash mark to hash mark but his short passes toward the sideline were frequently poorly thrown.  Finally, he seldom had to throw into the type of small window an NFL quarterback is faced with all the time.  Time after time his receivers were wide open down the field for easy completions.  We all know that doesn’t happen very often in the NFL.  I am confident that CHIX will see this similarly and will also have the benefit of the “Wonderlic” test to complete the “Rule of 26, 27 and 60.” Newton will find himself trying to play without training wheels somewhere other than Buffalo.


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