Sports bettors are always thinking and projecting, and so naturally the question is going to come up as to how high Cam Newton can go in this year's NFL Draft? Some people have actually suggested that he isn't a first-round draft pick, and many don't have him at the top of this year's quarterback class.
This is well worth discussing, within the context of the BCS Championship Game, slated for 8:30 PM ET at University of Phoenix Stadium (natural turf) in Glendale, AZ. Newton's Auburn Tigers are a 1.5-point favorite over the Oregon Ducks, with the total on the game posted at 73 points.
BCS Championship Game
Auburn Tigers (13-0 SU, 9-3 ATS) vs. Oregon Ducks (12-0 SU, 6-4-1 ATS)
Live at University of Phoenix Stadium
Monday, January 10 -- 8:30 PM ET
Sports Betting Odds:
I have seen one of the ESPN draft "experts" say that Blaine Gabbert, out of the University of Missouri, is the #1 prospect at quarterback for the draft, now that Andrew Luck of Stanford has decided he is going to stay in school.
I don't buy it.
Setting all of Newton's off-field issues aside - and who knows where all of that will lead when all is said and done - I can't imagine somebody who would have a bigger impact at the position in the NFL betting next year. It goes without saying that Newton is going to have a big impact for sports betting aficionados in Monday's BCS title game.
Newton has run a 4.52 forty-yard dash, which according to ESPN's "Sport Science" would have made him the fastest quarterback at the NFL Draft Combine last year. He is very prominent running from scrimmage, and he is operating the spread offense that allows for an awful lot of passing. Throughout history, we have seen where the quarterbacks who could really run with the ball, almost as a primary option, have lacked a little in the throwing department.
That is not the case with Newton.
I've seen the guy throw with power and throw it long, and there are some guys who can do that. But then I saw him throw a touchdown pass to Emory Blake in the SEC title game, kind of a fade route that went just over the hands of a defender, that had an amazing degree of touch on it. I mean, guys who are playing in the NFL for three or four years haven't yet gotten a handle on how to throw a pass like that. I go ton the phone with a friend who was an NFL scout, who told me there was no doubt whatsoever that Newton could make all the throws. Then he told me a story about a contact of his who was recruiting players in the Southeast at the time Newton and Tim Tebow were coming out of high school.
His contact had seen both guys work out, and he said that there was absolutely no comparison in terms of the arm strength - that Newton had it all over Tebow in that area. Of course, both guys went to Florida, and Tebow was the guy who got the playing time. Well, sports betting mavens can't have much of an argument there, because Tebow won himself a Heisman. But out of all the players who have been arrested out of Urban Meyer's program, Newton is the one guy he chased away, and the one he probably most regrets, because if Newton was wearing Gator orange, Florida's season may have been much different than it was with John Brantley (9 TD's, 9 INT's) and Meyer might still be coaching. No one knows for sure about that, but there is no doubt that Newton's unique abilities put Auburn a leg up in this sports betting scenario.
By the time he is done showing people what he can do at the Combine and at his pro days, I would not be surprised if he was talked about as a possible #1 pick.
He'll be showing the sports betting public what he can do on Monday night.
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