Cam Newton Gets Hammered In Draft Preview Guide

Even while the NFL and NFLPA*’s litigators litigate, the draft evaluators evaluate – it is only 30 days away. And with all of the names projected to go high, Cam Newton’s still evokes the most conversation. That conversation will get a little more heated after Nolan Nawrocki’s evaluation of the former Auburn star that appears in the recently published Pro Football Weekly Draft Preview – courtesy of Tom E. Curran of CSN New England.

But Nawrocki bludgeons Newton when he starts talking about his personality.

“Very disingenuous — has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup,” writes Nawrocki.

But Nawrocki was just warming up.

He continued, “Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them. Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law — does not command respect from teammates and will always struggle to win a locker room . . . Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example. Immature and has had issues with authority. Not dependable.”

Nawrocki doesn’t back off any of those statements in his video evaluation of Newton on PFW’s website, calling Newton an “undependable, non-trustworthy, ‘rah-rah’ leader” and warning fans not to be surprised if in five years “he’s looking for another job”.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard questions about Newton’s character, there have been plenty of rumblings about it amongst scouts. Not shocking considering the litany of off-field issues that have dogged Newton during his college career – including the on-going investigation into any alleged “pay-for-play” recruitment.

But there’s a venom attached to Nawrocki’s comments that one would only expect from an Alabama fan. Certainly character is a big part of what NFL teams are looking for – all the better to not deal with the Personal Conduct Police – but much of the description reads as petty.

Having a “disingenuous smile” and being “scripted” are only issues for reporters and photographers. And knowing “where the cameras are”? The list of pro athletes with that quality are too numerous to count.

There are definite red flags when it comes to Newton’s makeup. The idea that he is immature and will struggle to command a locker room are things that should make NFL general managers think twice. In many ways, Newton runs the very real risk of being Vince Young 2.0 – both on and off the field. But there’s a better way to describe it that makes you sounds like an impartial evaluator instead of a guy who lost his girlfriend to the star quarterback.

5 thoughts on “Cam Newton Gets Hammered In Draft Preview Guide

  • "This isn’t the first time we’ve heard questions about Newton’s character, there have been plenty of rumblings about it amongst scouts. Not shocking considering the litany of off-field issues that have dogged Newton during his college career – including the on-going investigation into any alleged “pay-for-play” recruitment."

    One would think that as an African-American man working in media that is clearly onesided in their news reporting articles that u would actually do some homework on Cam instead of simply repeating what u get off the internet. I'm sure I know more about Cam than u do but u are the one being the messenger.

    I called it..Just last week the NFL Network posted a video where an Analyst spoke etremely highly of Csm and less than a few days this happens.

    I'm sure the numbers for failed white QBs drafted high outweighs the blacks ones but that don't stop the sport media from pushing the next on up the board.? Why are we only focus on the blacks and of all people Cam Newton?

    How coincedental that the two supposedly failed black QB you folks keep comparing Cam two were the first QB to come off the draftboard in their respective years.

    I'm still waiting for the same level of scrutiny on Blaine. I won't hold my breath.

  • May this letter find all who read it, in the very best of health and spirit. I just read Mr. Nawrocki's "assessment" of 2011 NFL draft pick Cam Newton. Here is what i have come away with, after reading this scathing, over-the-top perspective:

    1). Under Mr Newton's "positives", Nolan lists the following:

    "Very well-built with big deltoids and a strapping physique.", a term that i found ominous, as it was and is very similar to 19th century descriptions of African SLAVES that were being sold to potential buyers in local newspapers. We understand that football is indeed a physical sport, but the tone of your description of him raises more than a few eyebrows.

    2). Your negatives, read like a veritable "who's who" or, should i say, "what's what" of traditional negative stereotypes levied at African Americans, particularly African American men:

    "Enormous ego(back then, it was phrased as "uppity nigger"), Has a sense of entitlement( a VERY popular phrase of white racists who thought social programs for blacks gave them a sense that they were "entitled" to be taken care of by the Government), very disingenuous, lacks trustworthiness ("those niggers are liars, and untrustworthy. They will smile in your face and plot to steal from you all day", a popular rephrasing of your sentiment) Feels that he is above the LAW( these niggers think that they can commit crimes all day and not go to jail. How DARE they infect our great America with their above the law nonsense", another racist refrain rephrased in your column), is not punctual( "Those niggers are ALWAYS LATE") lacks accountability ( "those niggers are always blaming everyone else for THEIR problems…when will they take accountability?")he will always test the rules( "Those niggers don't seem to know their PLACE, you know") Not dependable(" you know those niggers are so lazy, it's a wonder they can even put their own clothes on")"

    It was so CLEAR, Mr Nawrocki, that your coded language was intended to convey these sentiments, that I am shocked that Pro Football Weekly even allows you to write ANY articles at all…

    As an African American male, who has heard every one of these stereotypes perpetuated by white alpha males such as yourself, It becomes also clear to me that your over-the-top, blatantly racist rant today should and MUST be exposed as exactly what it is.

    No one minds principled, thoughtful criticism of Mr Newton. He certainly has strengths and weaknesses that all can see. He does in fact, like most of his white counterparts entering the draft, have much to learn to perform at the Pro level. No one disputes this. However, your tone, and the manner in which your thinly veiled racial attack on him came across, are reprehensible, and morally indefensible. I will research your articles to see if this is a recurring trend with you and African American men, particularly QUARTERBACKS, a position long held by many whites as being too much of a "thinking man's" position for black men to be successful in. My suspicion is, that i will likely find more of this coded race-tinged language, and if that happens, we will launch campaigns to have you removed from Pro Football Weekly, and to have EVERY advertiser with such a publication alerted to the fact that they are financially sponsoring coded racist language.

    I have clocked every word and its underlying subtext so clearly, that I will be forwarding this letter to every media outlet that is covering your rant, that they may begin to see and report it for what it really is.

    Coded, thinly veiled bigotry.

    I am,

    Hassan ____________,

    CEO, Hassan's Books, LLC

  • Most of what he describes could just as easily be taken another way: "Disingenuous smile" = Ready & Quick. "Scripted" = polished. "Me-first" = Assertive & direct. "Selfish" = Focused & Driven.

    "Sense of entitlement" = Winner, Leader, Expects to Win.

    How do you pull off that many end game comebacks if you don't have the respect of your teammates?

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