Former Auburn quarterback & reigning Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton will be visiting Redskins park as part of his pre-draft workouts.
Per the Washington Post:
Newton will be at Redskins Park on April 15, his agent, Tony Paige said. The Redskins reportedly are among nine NFL teams that have interviews scheduled with the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback
While Newton has been linked to the Redskins in numerous mock drafts to date, the visit appears to have more of an “exploratory, due dilligence”-type feel. Newton will be visiting eight other teams in addition to Washington, and will likely make second visits with other teams (perhaps including the Redskins) for more extensive workouts and interviews.
Also worth noting, per the Post:
But Shanahan said that it’s not uncommon for him to draft players that he hasn’t interviewed.
“A lot of times you don’t want to show your hand,” Shanahan said with a grin. “I never talked to John Mobley. [In Denver] I took him at the 15th pick [in 1996] and after the draft, Jimmy Johnson called and said ‘Why did you not interview John Mobley?’ and I said ‘Because of guys like you.’ He was going to move up had he known we wanted Mobley. So you don’t want to show your hand.”
Shanahan also drafted Jay Cutler in Denver without holding an additional interview with him.
The first round of the NFL Draft is set to take place on Thursday, April 28th. The Redskins hold the 10th overall selection in the first round.