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Theismann Says Newton’s Not A First-Round Pick

Everyone’s entitled to their opinion.  And former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann is entitled to his.  Even though we think he’s daffy to publicize it:

“To be honest with you, and I’ve never said this any place else, I don’t think Cam Newton’s a first round pick,” Theismann said to WTEM-AM in Washington, DC.

Huh?  What?  Why?

“You’re talking about a kid that started one year of football,” the former Redskins great said.  “He’s rushed the ball a lot more than he’s thrown it.  He hasn’t thrown the football a lot.  And when he did throw at the combine, he was not impressive. … I think the interview that he did with Jon Gruden (on ESPN) showed another side of him that wasn’t impressive. … I like all these (quarterbacks) as kids, but I’m talking about purely as football players, I think wherever you go, you’re stretching.”

Hmmm.  Well, okay.  He does make some valid points there.  But Newton is most assuredly first-round worthy. 

In hindsight, we might someday include Newton in a list of SEC quarterback busts like JaMarcus Russell, Tim Couch or Heath Shuler, but like all of those players, Newton obviously has the athletic ability to be considered a first-round pick — if not the first pick overall.

It’s Theismann’s opinion and he’s welcome to it.  But it’s hard to look at Newton’s vast upside and believe 32 times would be wise to risk passing on him.

 




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