The former Auburn quarterback, who received the Davey O'Brien Award on Monday night in Fort Worth, Texas, as the nation's top quarterback, told several outlets that he will throw at the NFL scouting combine, which starts Thursday in Indianapolis.
Newton said he wants "to be transparent" through the NFL draft process.
"I don’t have nothing to hide, and I’m a competitor,” Newton told the Associated Press. “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, who held a workout for the media earlier this month in San Diego, was previously non-committal about whether or not he would throw at the combine.
Newton has been working with quarterback coach George Whitfield and has been mentored by football Hall of Famer Warren Moon. He realizes how important the interview process is as the combine, particularly considering the questions surrounding his recruitment in college.
“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.”
Newton's draft stock varies depending on the analyst. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. currently projects the quarterback to go No. 3 to the Buffalo Bills. Fellow ESPN analyst Todd McShay has Newton going 10th to the Washington Redskins.
Newton is one of five former Auburn players who will participate at the NFL Combine, joining defensive tackle Nick Fairley, offensive lineman Lee Ziemba, and running back Mario Fannin.