When I first heard about Cam Newton‘s February 10 workout I questioned the motivation behind the early workout. Shortly thereafter, we learned that not only was it an extremely early workout, but it would only be open to the media.
If you’re going to hold a workout and restrict access, usually scouts and coaches – your future employers – are not the ones you leave on the outside looking in.
This latest stunt is just the next in a long line of questionable decisions by Newton – or Newton’s dad as the case may be – and it’s going to cause scouts to ask lots of question.
Cecil Newton won’t be in the room with Cam at the combine when teams are asking him the tough questions. Some teams will poke and prod and try to push his buttons, probably asking some ridiculous questions regarding his relationship with his father. Teams want to know the truth about the money situation, the truth about the stolen laptop, the motivation behind the media-only workout and probably about lots of other seemingly trivial things in his life.
If “Team Newton” thinks Cam is a 1st-round lock, and this workout is just to generate publicity and increase his marketability, they are sorely mistaken. Nothing is guaranteed.
There are plenty of questions surrounding Newton’s character and teams will ask tough questions in Indianapolis. If they aren’t satisfied with the answers he will fall, and if he does, his stay in the NFL could be short lived – just ask Jimmy Clausen about that.