January 14, 2011

Cam Newton Declares for NFL Draft: Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft after leading Auburn to a 14-0 season and Bowl Championship Series title over Oregon. "This decision was difficult for me and my family," Newton said.

posted by rcade to football at 10:11 AM - 15 comments

It's a damned shame he'll most likely be taking a pay cut from his collegiate days.

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:16 AM on January 14

"Specifically my father, who doesn't care for the draft process."

posted by yerfatma at 10:26 AM on January 14

Wonder what Mel Kiper will say on draft day when he sees the Reverend huddled in a quiet corner with several NFL GM's, carrying an oversized attache case chained to his wrist.

posted by beaverboard at 11:55 AM on January 14

I wonder if he'd have come out anyway if Andrew Luck didn't decide to stay.

Any thoughts on where he'll end up?

posted by billsaysthis at 12:26 PM on January 14

Jacksonville sports radio had him falling to us at No. 16.

posted by rcade at 12:27 PM on January 14

The Onion helps to sort out Cam Newton.

posted by bender at 02:09 PM on January 14

Each time I hear Cam Newton and NFL in the same sentence, all that comes to my mind is "bust."

posted by dyams at 02:44 PM on January 14

How difficult: 14-0, BCS title, a GPA of ???

And now: (AP) Lombardi Award winner Nick Fairley is skipping his senior season at Auburn to enter the NFL draft.

posted by jjzucal at 02:57 PM on January 14

Fairley coming out is much more of a potential impact to both the draft and a NFL team's future than Newton.

posted by dyams at 03:30 PM on January 14

I guess Auburn only had a one year contract with a player option?

posted by graymatters at 05:14 PM on January 14

If the Panthers hold onto the number one pick, I would love to see them take Nick Fairley.

posted by NoMich at 05:28 PM on January 14

This is actually a blessing in disguise for Auburn. It frees up enough salary cap space to ensure a killer recruiting class.

I hear people say the SEC has a recruiting advantage because of the climate. If they mean a climate of corruption, they're right.

posted by gradioc at 10:31 PM on January 14

We all know what happens if the collective bargaining restricts signing bonuses for 2012, All rookies will be under a league max for a few years. BUT what happens if there is a lockout? Are these rookies just basically screwed? They won't be able to be eligible for college play, and they won't be playing in the NFL for what could be a season. How much are these guy actually worth......Seriously, someone enlighten me.

posted by scuubie at 09:21 AM on January 15

I hear people say the SEC has a recruiting advantage because of the climate. If they mean a climate of corruption, they're right.

Right. Because none of the other schools or conferences are corrupt. How many players did UNC have suspended for the season? Or what about the 5 OSU players suspended for the first 5 games next year because they "didn't know it was against the rules"? Reggie Bush? That's just off the top of my head with no research.

I think any of your perennial top-tier teams cheat in some fashion. It's a game in of itself as to who gets caught.

posted by jmd82 at 10:56 AM on January 15

It's a game in of itself as to who gets punished after getting caught.

posted by graymatters at 12:04 PM on January 15

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