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2011 NFL Draft: Is Cam Newton a Sign of Things to Come?

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers scrambles against the Oregon Ducks during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Pat MarrujoContributor IFebruary 18, 2011

The 2010 college football season was filled with quarterbacks who can beat you through the air and on the ground. Cam Newton-type quarterbacks are beginning to become more and more common every season.

This trend has not hit the NFL quite as hard, but it might be coming sooner than you think.

With the NFL draft a couple months away, it seems likely that Newton will be a top 10 draft pick this year and (depending on the team that drafts him) will be given a chance to start right away.

NFL teams might start looking for more quarterbacks like Newton as the game continues to change. Defenses are getting faster every season, and slow quarterbacks are becoming more and more of a liability. Teams are starting to demand more mobility from the quarterback position.

Last season, the most mobile quarterback in the league, Michael Vick, had a triumphant comeback season for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was easily the most electrifying player in the game, but he also had the ability to take over games. Last season proved that a mobile quarterback like Vick can dominate in a league like the NFL.

Some other mobile quarterbacks from around the league last season were Tim Tebow and Vince Young.

Tebow, like Cam Newton, came out of college surrounded by a lot of doubts about whether he could be an NFL quarterback. Last year for the Broncos, Tebow ran and threw for a touchdown in each of his three starts. He ran the ball very well and proved that he had a good enough arm for the NFL.

I think that guys like Tebow and Newton will lead a drastic shift towards the use of running quarterbacks.

The 2011 NFL draft consists of many quarterbacks known for their legs who are planning on taking their talents to the next level. Players like Washington’s Jake Locker, Virginia Tech’s Tyrod Taylor and Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick are some of the most athletic quarterbacks we have seen in a long time.

So brace yourself, NFL fans. A new kind of quarterback might make its way into the NFL. It is only a matter of time until we start to see offenses similar to the Oregon Ducks' take over the NFL like they have the NCAA.

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