Panthers head coach Ron Rivera will be on hand for Cam Newton’s pro day on Tuesday so let the rumors start flying. Rivera’s attendance is not super significant given that the Panthers will have Newton visit their facility at some point, but because Rivera is attending Newton’s pro day, he won’t get to see Ryan Mallett’s pro day. Auburn and Arkansas pro days are both slated for Tuesday.
Overlapping pro days are problematic because not only will scouts/coaches/front office execs not get to see both players (and thus compare both players), but they could also be tipping their hand to other teams. (If a team sends its GM, head coach and VP of college scouting to Newton’s workout while having its offensive coordinator and regional scouts go to Mallett, which player would you say they’re most interested in?) Peter King wrote about it in Monday Morning Quarterback. “Really drives me nuts,” one top college scout told me Sunday. Not that there aren’t going to be conflicts. But to see so many big schools loading up on such a small number of days.
Today, one major school (Tulsa) has its Pro Day; next Monday, there are two (Central Michigan, LSU). Thursday, 13 major schools have Pro Days. Who plans this stuff? I understand coaches and scouts want the weekend off…. And to get to Baton Rouge you’d have to travel on Sunday unless you were flying private. But for nobody to have noticed Mallett and Newton working out on the same day? Not good.”