The Tuesday before the Super Bowl is "Media Day" in the NFL which is something Heisman Trophy winner and former Auburn QB Cam Newton can probably get used to.
At a San Diego high school on Thursday, Newton worked out in front of assembled media for 45 minutes to apparently showcase his skills and the early reports are impressive. ESPN's Trent Dilfer called the workout "phenomenal" and said the ball "jumps off his hands".
"It reinforced everything I had seen on film studying to him this point, but it's even more staggering to see him in person. This is a tremendous physical specimen. He's a dynamic athlete and a beautiful thrower. The thing that took our breath away, you see it on film he's a good thrower, but to see him in person he is so compact. His mechanics are so sound. The ball just jumps off of his hand."
I'm not sure that I've heard "beautiful thrower" in a description very often. Dilfer was a big fan of the workout.
Though the media workout is a little strange it doesn't sound like Newton did anything to hurt his draft stock. (Yes, it's the second week of February and we're already talking about draft stock) It'll be more impressive if he can make NFL teams feel the same way at the NFL Combine later this month or during a visit to a team before April's draft.
How high can he possibly go?
He and former Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert are considered the top two quarterbacks heading into the 2011 NFL draft. The first one of those two taken could go as high as the top five. There are some teams that have Newton ranked above Gabbert.
It's pretty obvious that Cam Newton is going to become the biggest story of 2011 draft season. The question is whether that extra attention will be helping or hurting his draft stock.