Friday, February 25, 2011

The Buffalo Bills question Cam Newton's QB experience.

There is a good chance that former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton will be tapped at the overall number one  pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. If they choose to go in another direction (like Newton's teammate Nick Fairley), the Heisman Trophy winner might run into some turbulence from other teams. The Buffalo Bills, who pick third in the Draft for example, have big questions regarding the controversial QB's level of experience.

The skepticism is exemplified in the Bill's goodwill ambassador, Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who led the team to four Super Bowl appearances. Kelly is concerned with the fact that Newton has only one year of experience as a starting quarterback.

“When you use a pick that high, you’d better be a hundred percent sure about what you’re getting,” said Kelly, who was on his way to Los Angeles for the premiere of the movie “Hall Pass” (he has a business partnership with directors/co-writers Peter and Bobby Farrelly). “Well, maybe you can’t ever be a hundred percent sure about anyone, but …”

Kelly isn't directly involved when it comes to selecting players in the draft, but his questions on Newton's experience are shared with the Bills head coach, Chan Gailey. Gailey raised a red flag in a press conference when it came to Newton's experience in a pro-style offense.

"A one-year guy that had been in the pro-type offense, to me he's going to understand and be further along than the guy who was one-year in a non-traditional style pro offense."

The Bills are in need of a solid quarterback, but the 2011 NFL Draft has several QB's with more experience and  greater potential for NFL success than Newton. Other teams may share the same concerns for Newton as well.

(via The Democrat and Chronicle, NFL.com)

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