Quarterback Cam Newton of Auburn has made a big splash this year in college football. Besides being one of the most exciting players in the game, Newton will most likely be the SEC’s Player of the Year and maybe Auburn’s third Heisman Trophy winner.
Which begs the question: Will Newton return for his senior season? There hasn’t been a lot of talk about the subject, but as good as Newton has been, wouldn’t it make sense that he left for the NFL?
It’s obvious that the kid has the skills to make it in the NFL and if you have been watching the season unfold so far, there are several teams in need of a good quarterback; and Newton may fit the bill.
Teams like the Miami Dolphins could definitely use Newton’s services. The Dolphins haven’t had a decent quarterback since Dan Marino retired.
How much damage could they do with Newton as their quarterback?
Another team that will probably be seeking a new quarterback is the San Francisco 49ers. The way the season is going for them, more then likely, they will be picking first in next year’s NFL Draft. Every expert in the league has said the Niners are probably one quarterback away from being back on top. The team already has Frank Gore at running back and Newton could be just the medicine they need.
And let’s not forget the Minnesota Vikings who will probably be without the services of Brett Favre next year.
The only reason Newton and others like Mark Ingram may not leave is because the NFL players may be on strike next year which may halt a lot of players from leaving early.
But the true test of whether or not Newton is ready for the NFL will unfold in the coming weeks. Newton will be tested with significantly tougher competition and tougher defenses in the coming weeks.
If he is able to pass those tests, don’t be surprised if Auburn is seeking a new quarterback next year.