Newton ready to take part in NFL combine

FORT WORTH, Texas — Cam Newton plans to fully participate in the NFL combine that begins later this week, saying he wants "to be transparent" through the whole draft process.

Newton intends to work out for NFL teams in Indianapolis, and said he is ready to answer any questions they may have for the quarterback who won the BCS national championship and Heisman Trophy in his only season at Auburn, where he played in a spread offense instead of taking snaps under center.

"I don't have nothing to hide, and I'm a competitor," Newton said Monday night before accepting the Davey O'Brien Award that recognizes the nation's top quarterback. "I'm going to go out here and do what I've been working on this whole time and preparing for this moment right now."

Newton has been working with a quarterback coach in San Diego and getting mentoring from Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon. There was a workout for the media earlier this month that he said hopes changed some perceptions "in a positive way."

Projected by many to be among the top 10 picks in April's NFL draft, Newton knows how important the interview process will be at the combine.

"It's just as important, if not (more) important than the play on the field," Newton said. "You can't overlook that by no means. If you don't sell yourself to an organization, I think you're going to be skipped in that process and I don't want to be skipped."

In his only season at Auburn, Newton completed 185 of 280 passes (66 percent) for 2,854 yards and 30 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. He also ran for 1,473 yards and 20 touchdowns.

"I think I'm in control of my destiny right now, I'm lucky to be in this type of driver's seat," Newton said. "I'm just focusing on what I have to do, in the classroom, in the interviews, and at the end, my performance on the field."

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