Welcome to Tuesday, which many football fans, those of the Buffalo Bills included may as well label Cam Newton Day.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or you’re really tired of NFL draft talk, you’re aware that today is the pro day for the University of Auburn, which of course will feature a pair of prospects the Bills could easily consider with the third pick; Newton and defensive lineman Nick Fairley.
Both players are highly touted blue-chippers, though many would argue the pair took a hit on their draft stock at last month’s NFL combine. While Newton was given plenty of credit for participating fully in every aspect of the Combine, including the throwing portion, reviews on his performance at best were mixed.
Speaking to Jeff Russo of Channel 7 News during the Variety Club telethon Sunday, Bills head coach Chan Gailey admitted that Newtown’s performance in regards to throwing the ball was “very average.”
Based on the possibility that Newtown is still widely regarded as a potential for choice for the Bills at three, not to mention Carolina at the head of the draft (and new coach Ron Rivera will be in attendance-for the record), get ready to see every throw Newton makes on the field overanalyzed to the point of nausea, as well as every syllable that flies from his mouth during interviews.
According to many analysts, Fairley may have fallen behind Alabama’s Marcell Dareus since the combine ended in the race to be the top defensive tackle taken in the draft. Critics of Fairley point to Dareus’ 28-pound size advantage and the perception he’s far less of a character risk.
Having said that, there’s no denying the ability of either two—- and a solid showing today should land them both right back near the top of the draft mix.
The Bills staff will be attendance for Auburn’s Pro Day, including general manager Buddy Nix. Coincidently, Arkansas is also scheduled to have their Pro Day today with a group that features quarterback prospect Ryan Mallet.