This morning Scouts Inc. director of scouting Todd McShay went on ESPN radio's 'Mike & Mike in the Morning' to discuss the weekend at the combine and by extension Cam Newton. McShay stopped short for discounting the entire combine process, but he did say that 80% of scouting is done before the combine ever begins based on game film, with the majority of that remaining 20% coming from the medical exams and interviews with teams. Granted, teams are probably questioning AJ Green after a mediocre day yesterday, but it's important to note that most of the work is already done.
Rather than breaking down Newton in depth McShay elected to discuss what he's hearing from scouts. McShay said he spoke to one head scout for a team with no need for a QB who responded when asked who Carolina should take said "Cam Newton". He went on to say that numerous teams would be interested in him with nine of the first twelve picks coming from teams in need for a QB (presumably Carolina, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Arizona, San Francisco, Tennessee, Washington, Minnesota-I don't know who McShay has as his 9th). McShay added that that numerous scouts see Newton as a 'once in a decade' prospect, even after his lackluster throwing display yesterday. Finally, McShay said that he still believes Blaine Gabbert is the best quarterback in the 2011 draft.
It was short, it was sweet, but as time goes on it's looking more and more like Cam Newton will be the #1 pick in the NFL draft- the question is "Will we be the one who picks him, or will that pick belong to someone else on draft day?".
UPDATE: This morning Darin Gantt has a plethora of good information considering the feelings on Newton in Indianapolis:
Here's another thought on Cam: Talked to one of the smartest people I know in the league. He wasn't shaken by yesterday's "bad" workout. Smart Guy: "Could still be a transformative player, a Magic Johnson, 6-9 point guard. We just want to see improvement from now til pro day." He has loads of physical talent, but it still a work in progress. You know that going in. Needs help to be special. Also, the smart guy shrugged when asked about Newton missing short outs high. "It's when he leaves them inside they get taken back for six."
UPDATE part 2: It's been rumored via leak that Alabama QB Greg McElroy scored a 48/50 on the Wonderlic. It's not as if the Panthers would take him anywhere near the top, but this could be the start of the Wonderlic scores being leaked, which will be fascinating.