Auburn junior quarterback Cam Newton, considered one of the top QB prospects available in the 2011 NFL Draft, will be making a few waves tomorrow as he holds a one-hour, media-only workout in California.
Many have questioned whether or not the workout - scheduled by Newton's people, including his infamous father, Cecil - will have its intended effect of answering questions about Newton's technical development (he's been working with famed quarterbacks coach George Whitfield since declaring himself eligible for the draft). In fact, one league insider told CBSSports.com's Rob Rang that this was nothing more than a "publicity stunt."
Newton appeared on NFL Network during Super Bowl XLV pre-game festivities, and was asked about his upcoming workout.
"We just wanted to have a day to show what is my progression up until this point," Newton said. "I understand that the media has a job to do, and I have a job to do as well. During this whole process, ever since I’ve been in San Diego, everybody’s had a question mark on, ‘What is Cam Newton doing?’ So from everybody on my end, we feel like this is the best opportunity to show what I have progressed into and what I’m trying to accomplish."
So what he's saying is that it's a publicity stunt. Whitfield confirmed it himself, telling USA Today that the intention was for Newton to "differentiate himself from Vince Young and JaMarcus Russell."
Whitfield also mentioned that Newton was looking to capitalize on some of the draft stock gain that Tim Tebow saw last year when scouts saw his technical development so early in the pre-draft process.
"Tim Tebow went through all that stuff last year," Whitfield said. "Cam said, 'I'm in. I'm game. Let's go.'"
Of course, what Team Newton appears to be forgetting is that Tebow showed off his technical development at the Senior Bowl, where he was coached by NFL coaches, and viewed by 32 NFL teams. It remains to be seen how a group of media members - not considered experts in the field of prospect evaluation - will create the same type of buzz for Newton that Tebow got a year ago.