As sentiment grows among draft analysts that Cam Newton will be a top-10 pick, the Denver Broncos are working to continue their evaluation of the quarterback position—even with Tim Tebow on deck.
Sources indicated the organization, which has the number two overall draft pick this year, is scheduling to visit with the Heisman winner on April 18th at this time.
Cam Newton recently recovered from a disappointing outing at the NFL Scouting Combine with a better outing at his Auburn Pro day.
He displayed improved accuracy working in a familiar environment by connecting on 50 of his 60 passes thrown in front of a crowd of decision-makers that included Broncos brass in John Elway, head coach John Fox and general manager Brian Xanders.
While Newton looked quite comfortable throwing the long ball, he and coach George Whitfield were particularly determined to show progress on intermediate routes and his five-step and seven-step drops during his round of scripted plays.
As the former Tiger showed confidence in his arm strength throughout the workout, he also discussed the areas he’s willing to work on given he's still raw out of a spread system.
As for the Broncos, sources say they’re also planning to set up about 30 visits with various top draft prospects per their “routine and common practice.”
How serious the team is in Newton as the possible face of the franchise remains to be seen and certainly will be subject to skepticism. However, despite having a fan base emotionally tied to Tebow, they’re at least underlining their determination to keep every position open for debate.
Besides if anyone has the expertise to judge who should be under center for the Broncos, it’s certainly Elway.
NFL.com also reports that Newton has additional workouts scheduled with the Bengals, Browns, Titans, Redskins, Dolphins and the Vikings.