NFL Draft Rumors: The 2011 Miami Dolphins Need QB Cam Newton

Christopher HowlandCorrespondent IIIJanuary 27, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates the Tigers 22-19 victory against the Oregon Ducks in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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“With the No. 15 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins have selected Cameron Newton, quarterback, Auburn University.”

Now wouldn’t that be something if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell were to utter these words on draft day?

For many Miami Dolphins fans around the country, this may not happen, and some may not even want this to happen, but in all actuality, Cam Newton could answer all of the Dolphins questions at quarterback.

Now, I’m not here trying to say that Newton is the best overall quarterback in the draft, or even that he’s NFL ready to take on the rigors of an NFL schedule, but the Dolphins are being way too harmless this offseason by holding on to Chad Henne, Tyler Thigpen and Chad Pennington as their quarterbacks.

We all witness what happened in 2010, and it’s time for change. Not just for the sake of making a move, but in order to keep our sanity as ‘Phins fans.

By drafting Newton, Jeff Ireland will get away from this "safe" persona and show the fan base that he’s willing to take a risk. And if Newton is moderately successful as a rookie, he will no doubt buy some time for Ireland and Coach Tony Sparano to continue on at their current positions in the franchise.

Ireland wants to make a move that fans will cheer about. I have a friend that’s had season tickets since he was born and this is the first year his family decided not to renew them. Imagine the excitement for many fans if the Dolphins draft Cam Newton? It would be out of this world.

Cam Newton will fit right in with the Dolphins and their run-first mentality. If they continue to run the Wildcat, imagine how dangerous it would look with a solid rushing and passing threat at QB.

With a decent offensive line, the thought of a QB who can scramble and get outside the pocket is something the Dolphins need. We need a play-maker at the QB position that will target WR Brandon Marshall more than Henne did all of last year.

Also, with Newton on board, Chad Pennington could do wonders to shape his athletic body frame into a top NFL quarterback. If Newton can keep his off-field troubles under control, Pennington can mold Newton’s mental game into a vicious passer that’s deserving of his Heisman Trophy and a first round nod.

This same type of question was posed last year with the whole Tim Tebow controversy—should we draft him? Should we not draft him?

Well, the Dolphins didn’t and look how that turned out. Tebow has turned his game up to an NFL-style of play and there’s no doubt that Cam Newton has the intangibles to do the same.

I’m on the Newton bandwagon—are you?