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Trent Dilfer of Cam Newton workout: “Phenomenal”

Cam Newton

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton strikes a Heisman pose during Auburn’s NCAA college football national championship celebration on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Todd J. Van Emst)


NFL scouts couldn’t attend Cam Newton’s random Thursday “Media Day” workout. But if they could . . .

That was phenomenal,” ESPN’s Trent Dilfer reports via Bruce Feldman. “If scouts saw this they’d have been slobbering.”

With all due respect to my fellow scribes in attendance, Dilfer’s opinion may be the only one that particularly matters from this workout. Dilfer does as much homework as any analyst, and he’s usually a tough critic. We trust him if he said it was an impressive session.

Tony Pauline of wrote earlier this week that “at least” six teams rank Newton as their top overall prospect in the draft. It defies belief that six teams even have a “top-ranked” player at this stage, but the note shows that Newton has some serious support within the scouting community. Not to mention with Dilfer.

“His mechanics are so sound,” Dilfer said. “The ball just jumps off his hands. He made 30 big-time throws.”

Newton’s workout on Thursday ultimately doesn’t mean that much, but it’s a good sign he’s so confident in his development. It’s a better sign that he impressed Dilfer so much.

The next step: Make the actual scouts slobber at the Combine or a real Pro Day.