Auburn quarterback Cam Newton starts a pre-draft tour of NFL teams this weekend, and ESPN reports his schedule includes nine teams. A visit with Miami Dolphins officials is set for Sunday, followed by a trip to Buffalo Monday, Minnesota Wednesday and Cincinnati the following Sunday. Carolina, which holds the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, has Newton scheduled for April 5, according to the network, followed by Tennessee the next day. Cincinnati, Cleveland, Washington and Denver are the others on the list. Denver has the No. 2 pick.
Broncos coach John Fox was asked at the NFL owners meetings this week about the fact he attended the workouts of both Newton and Blaine Gabbert. Was that an indictment of young Denver QB Tim Tebow? ""I don't think it's an indictment on anybody," Fox said. "I just think if there's a Hall of Famer, there we ought to look at them.''
San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh was effusive in his praise of Newton at the owners meetings. "The ability to make people miss as a quarterback is critical. Avoid. Being able to go with your legs. We’ve got some quarterbacks in this draft like Cam Newton and (Blaine) Gabbert in particular, and Jake Locker that not only will make people miss and avoid people, but they can run and keep defenses out of certain coverages, which is quite the trait to have. And they can pick up first downs with their legs, keep the chains moving. ... And Cam Newton – that’s plutonium-grade raw material, you know? I haven’t seen upside like with this guy in probably the last 10 years."