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2011 NFL Pro Day Schedule: The Cam Newton Show Returns

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27:  Cam Newton passes the ball during a drill at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Cam Newton passes the ball during a drill at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The season of 2011 NFL Pro Days kicks it up a notch today with the big boys starting to show off their skills. There are plenty of great athletes hitting the fields today but we all know Cam Newton is the big name today. Newton put up some solid measurables at the 2011 NFL Combine, but his performance in the throwing drills left a little something to be desired. He'll need to put on a solid performance today to give a little credence to the folks growing more and more enamored with his "tools" and "upside." If you come across any updates on Newton's performance today (twitter, articles, etc), please post them in the comments along with a link.

The other schools going today are Alabama A&M, Arkansas, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Auburn, Fordham, Liberty, Minnesota, Northwestern, Oklahoma, and Prairie View A&M. After the jump we'll take a look at some of the other notable players.

Cam Newton will get a lot of press today, but Auburn has an even higher rated player in Nick Fairley. While Newton is climbing in mock drafts, Fairley actually seems to be falling a bit. I'd be stunned if he wasn't a top five or six pick but given that he was penciled in consistently at number one for a while, it's surprising to see him slide a little bit. Beyond Fairley, the notable Tigers today will include offensive tackle Lee Ziemba and wide receiver Darvin Adams. I can't imagine the 49ers drafting an offensive tackle this year, and Adams seems like a fairly late round option, if not undrafted free agency.

Arkansas will be conducting their Pro Day, which means Ryan Mallett gets another chance to show off his arm. After appearing to blow the Combine in his opening press conference, but he bounced back with a strong showing in the throwing drills. I haven't heard much about his subsequent team interviews, but if he has done ok with this and can put together a slid showing today, he might creep back up some draft boards. The Razorbacks two other notable players are offensive tackle Demarcus Love and tight end D.J. Williams. Again, two positions the 49ers probably won't be addressing in the draft.

Oklahoma will be going as well today, although it's a bit of an off year for the Sooners in terms of draft talent. They have some solid talent, but it's not quite the top end talent we're used to seeing from them. Their most notable players today are safety Quinton Carter, running back Demarco Murray, and outside linebacker Jeremy Beal. Carter seems to be a second or third round talent, so I don't know if the 49ers would be looking to grab a safety that high. On the other hand, Beal seems like a guy worth grabbing in those middle rounds if he drops. If the team doesn't get a Von Miller or Robert Quinn, maybe go with a pass rusher then?

PRO DAYS
DATE SCHOOLS
03/03/2011 Baylor, FAU, Tulane, Utah State
03/04/2011 Alabama State, Albany State, Lindenwood, Troy, Weber State
03/07/2011 Arkansas Tech, Central Arkansas, Rhode Island, Tuskegee
03/08/2011 Alabama A&M, Arkansas, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Auburn, Fordham, Liberty, Minnesota, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Prairie View A&M
03/09/2011 Alabama, BYU, California-Davis, California, Clark-Atlanta, Colorado State, Georgia Tech, Kent State, Mississippi State, Nebraska-Omaha, North Texas, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Rutgers, West Georgia, Wisconsin, UTEP
03/10/2011 Akron, Buffalo, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Texas Tech, West Texas, Wofford
03/11/2011 Eastern Illinois, Idaho, Jackson State, Ohio State, Oregon State, Purdue, Southern Miss, TCU, Tennessee
03/12/2011 Arizona
03/14/2011 Air Force, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, LSU, Montana, Newberry, Wake Forest, Widener
03/15/2011 Bowling Green, Eastern Kentucky, Emporia State, Florida, Kansas State, McNeese State, Montana State, Pittsburgh, Robert Morris, Southeast Louisiana, Towson
03/16/2011 Arkansas-Monticello, Bowie State, California (PA), Delaware, Florida A&M, Illinois, Indiana, James Madison, Louisian-Monroe, Marshall, Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State, Virginia Union, William & Mary
03/17/2011 Appalachian State, Grambling State, Lehigh, Louisiana Tech, Michigan, Missouri, North Alabama, Stanford, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia
03/18/2011 Arkansas State, Indiana State, New Mexico State, Northwestern State (LA), Temple, Virginia Union
03/21/2011 Abilene Christian, Georgia Southern, Iowa, North Dakota State, Valdosta State
03/22/2011 Iowa State, Mississippi, Nevada, South Dakota State
03/23/2011 Boston College, Central Florida, Connecticut, East Carolina, Iowa State, North Carolina State, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Texas State
03/24/2011 Boise State, Maine, Middle Tennessee State, UNLV, New Hampshire, New Mexico, San Diego State, South Florida, Southern Illinois, Tennessee State, Western Kentucky
03/25/2011 Arizona State, Ball State, Wofford
03/28/2011 Central Missouri, Cincinnati, Citadel, Missouri Western, Northwest Missouri State, Rice
03/29/2011 Coastal Carolina, Texas, UCLA, Utah
03/30/2011 New Mexico State, North Carolina Central, Northern Iowa, Southern California, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Washington
03/31/2011 North Carolina, Stephen F. Austin
04/01/2011 Eastern Washington
04/04/2011 Southern Methodist
04/07/2011 Jacksonville State, Notre Dame