Auburn University quarterback Cam Newton looked pretty good in his pro-day workout Tuesday. The entire five-hour session, which included about two dozen Auburn athletes, was aired on ESPN3.
Bills General Manager Buddy Nix was there and offered some perspective on the "football-in-shorts" session.
“I tell you this, workouts are a small piece of the puzzle," Nix said. “We go by how they play. If the throwing is good, you can tell something about their release, you can tell something about his arm. But the only way you can tell how a guy can play quarterback is when he’s being rushed and you’ve got coverage and you’ve got to throw it in a tight spot and you’ve got pressure on you. That’s kind of what we go by, the biggest percentage, anyway. Eighty percent, probably.”
Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley showed great agility in drills, which was no surprise to anybody who saw even one of Auburn's games last fall.
Nix on Fairley: “If anybody can tell if a guy can play football running through dummies, he’s better than I am,” Nix said. “But you do see athletic ability. He has great ability, feet, speed and bursts and all of those things. He’s a good player. He makes plays on Saturday, and he’ll make them again on Sundays.”
Did Nix learn anything new about Newton at the workout? "No. He did good, and I expected him to."