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Cam Newton and huge NFC West offseason

The St. Louis Rams landed Sam Bradford atop the 2010 NFL draft and it was arguably the most significant move in the NFL last offseason.

Three NFC West quarterbacks need franchise quarterbacks this offseason. Two of them, the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers, hold draft choices among the top seven overall picks. The Seattle Seahawks hold the 25th pick.

The question Thursday: What to make of Cam Newton's workout and, more specifically, ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer's glowing review? As the video shows, Dilfer thought Newton's performance in a media-only workout -- featuring difficult throws in windy conditions -- would make him "skyrocket" up draft boards.

I've come to know Trent pretty well over the years. He gets excited about quarterbacks. He has strong opinions based on his own experiences in the league and the work he puts in studying quarterbacks.

I question whether video from a media workout will dramatically change how teams view a quarterback, but some of the traits Dilfer saw in Newton could improve his stock between now and the 2011 NFL draft.

Todd McShay has Newton going 10th to Washington in his latest mock draft, available to Insider subscribers. He has Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert going to the Cardinals at No. 5, with the 49ers selecting LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson seventh.

The Scouts Inc. player evaluation gives Newton a "below average" mark for intangibles while questioning his character. Those factors wouldn't be on display during a workout. Teams will use the upcoming combine to help fill in blanks.