Cincinnati Bengals Offseason: Why Not To Take Cam Newton in the 2011 NFL Draft

Matt GrayContributor IFebruary 15, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates their 22-19 victory after defeating 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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There has been a lot of discussion recently about whether Cincinnati should bring in Cam Newton or whether they should look at the QB's already tenured in the NFL. The general consensus from Bengals' fans and football fans alike, is that Cam Newton is not what the Bengals need but is probably what they will in fact end up with.

Cam Newton's pro's and con's have been over-analysed for weeks upon weeks now, and I have no intention of treading the same ground. Rather I would suggest that Bengals fans look at an alternative solution to their woes.

Cincinnati might be better off looking at signing a veteran QB to a one, maybe two year deal. Take for example Kerry Collins. I am by no means suggesting Kerry Collins is a solution to the Bengals problems, rather an EXAMPLE of a transitional temporary fix.

My reason for suggesting this is the Bengals would be better off looking for a QB in the 2012 NFL Draft. Mainly Andrew Luck or perhaps Terrelle Pryor.

Collins' could provide a transitional role for the club as they get ready to bring in a new talent. A lot of fans are looking for a quick fix, and I would imagine Mike Brown will too, providing Carson Palmer ups sticks and moves, which is why Cam Newton looks probable.

Regardless of what the Bengals do, they are unlikely to have immediate success. What one would suggest is that we would be better served assessing other problem areas by taking a DE at No. 4 or even A.J. Green.

If we have a lackluster season under a veteran QB this year, it's not the end of the world as we can take a QB next year. It will at least give the rest of the team enough time to get used to Jay Gruden's offense with a solid veteran under center in the mean time rather than adding Cam Newton's transitional bumps to the road as well.

Some might question the idea of taking Terrelle Pryor due to character issues, but I would suggest that Cam Newton is equally if not more questionable on such a front than Pryor. At least Pryor has played in more of a pro-style offense than Cam 'King of the Spread' Newton. He's also been a three-year starter thus far, as opposed to Newton's one year of mega-success at Auburn in 2010.

Andrew Luck couldn't be held in higher regard by the media, scouts and pundits alike. It will be interesting to see how he plays without Jim Harbaugh as his head coach this season, though the general consensus still sees him as one of if not THE top pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

If Cincinnati is committed to the re-build that Marvin Lewis has seemingly flip-flopped over, this would be the best strategy to look at.

It is not to say the Bengals wouldn't succeed if they brought in for example Kolb to be their starter, but in doing so, they may lose the ability to pick up some valuable assets in the draft by giving away a top pick for him.

It comes down to whether the Bengals would value swapping a draft pick for someone like Kolb to try and get the ball rolling or whether they would bide their time and invest in a rebuild through the next two draft classes.

I'm sure like any other option for the Bengals, this has been looked at, and I have no doubt there are flaws in it like any strategy. It would seem at this point, this is a viable route for the Bengals' to go down provided Lewis and Brown are on the same page, though it is unlikely the Bengals will have instant success, and Marvin may not be around to see it come to fruition.