As many people predicted, it is now official that college superstar and winner of a dozen awards Cam Newton has declared for the 2011 NFL draft. Now we have a long way to go before April's draft, with the combine, pro scouts and private workouts still to come.
But with an announcement like this comes speculation on the part of many. So I am here to offer some speculation of my own.
Seeing as how I am a 49ers fan, this pains me to write a column about the Arizona Cardinals, the team that finished below us in the lowly NFC West.
The Cardinals took a major step back this year, finishing 5-11 while controlling the No. 5 pick in the upcoming draft.
Although they were prone to give up the big plays on defense and allowed just over 27 points/game, the glaring weakness they have is at the QB position.
They went through a carousel of quarterbacks this year, starting players such as Derek Anderson, Max Hall and John Skelton. Talk about a less than stellar bunch, eh?
So what do I think the Arizona Cardinals do with their draft pick this year?
I think Mr. Goodell will be announcing and I pre-quote, "with the fifth pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the Arizona Cardinals select Cameron Newton, quarterback Auburn."
Why do I see this happening in the future?
Well, for one, Cam just won a pretty big game for his team in Arizona (see: BCS title game). Cam is an ultra dynamic duel threat, giving the Cardinals a presence they have not seen since Neil Lomax?
All kidding aside, isn't this franchise in desperate need of a QB who will be able to put fans in the stands and the ball in Larry Fitzgerald's hands?
Not sure what he thinks about Cam the Man, but I think he would rather have him than someone who doesn't put his heart and soul into it every week.
Cam may not be the best QB available according to the experts, but with the right coaching staff and the offense the Cardinals are putting in place, I just don't see why the Cards pass on the opportunity to see whether he becomes the next Donovan McNabb or the next Vince Young.
For them, I think they would choose the former over the latter.