NFL Draft 2011: Five Teams Who Should Trade Up and Snag Cam Newton
With the NFL draft just a month and a half away, no one is quite sure where Cam Newton will go. Many people believe he is a top three pick, while others don't see him being drafted in the first round.
Because of this, the potential for teams that want Newton to move up and draft him increases significantly.
Teams have no idea what the teams ahead of them are doing, and the only way to make sure that Newton falls into their lap is to jump up in the order.
Obviously. most teams are not going to trade up and take a chance on the Auburn quarterback, but this slide-show contains five teams who may.
Feel free to comment below with what other teams you think could move up for Newton.
First Round Fourth Pick: Cincinnati Bengals
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The Bengals are without a quarterback right now, with Carson Palmer wanting to leave town. Cam Newton seems very possible to go to Cincinnati if he drops to the number four pick.
The reason I put the Bengals on this list is because I believe they may want to jump the Buffalo Bills, who at three could also potentially draft Cam Newton.
The Bengals have been full of players with character issues in the past, so Cam Newton would fit right in, given his checkered past.
If Cincinnati is serious about Cam, they may be forced to move up and box out any other interested teams.
First Round 10th Pick: Washington Redskins
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The Donovan McNabb experiment did not turn out as well as Dan Snyder would have liked, and unless the Skins are serious about having Rex Grossman at the helm, they need a quarterback.
Skins fans are not happy with Snyder right now, and trading up for a player like Cam Newton may draw some boos, but if they manage to get Newton they will have added a franchise player.
It seems unlikely that Snyder will trade up, as he has a history of trading down in the past. However, Snyder isn't as stupid as fans make him out to be, and he may understand that the team is in shambles, and look to move for Newton.
First Round 12th Pick: Minnesota Vikings
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The Vikings are another team that is a mess at the quarterback position, and unless they acquire a player in free agency they are going to want to draft a quarterback.
Cam Newton fits well in Minnesota, where he would have offensive weapons like Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and possibly Sidney Rice.
Newton reminds me of Daunte Culpepper, only a better runner. Culpepper had a great career with the Vikings and Minnesota may be thinking that if they trade up for Newton.
A lot of this decision is going to be based on what direction Leslie Frazier wants to take this team, and if he thinks Newton is the way to go he is going to pursue that option.
First Round 15th Pick: Miami Dolphins
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It seems unlikely that Cam Newton is going to drop all the way to 15, and if the Dolphins want a new quarterback who fits their wildcat system then they need to move up and grab Cam Newton.
The Dolphins seem to be hinting at a quarterback change, by referring to Chad Henne as their quarterback "for now."
Throw in the fact that Cam Newton in Miami would be a pretty big glitz and glamor show, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Miami trading up in April's draft.
The Dolphins are in a tough division, and if they want to compete they need to make a drastic move and draft Cam Newton.
Second Round: Oakland Raiders
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Let me start off by saying I don't think Oakland is going to trade all the way up to the beginning of the first round for Newton, but if he drops into the late teens or twenties they could slide in.
The Raiders are without a first found pick this year, and that could be the main obstacle in the way of Al Davis grabbing Newton.
Davis loves players like Newton, and to be honest it seems he would fit in really well with the team.
Al Davis has made crazy moves in the past, so don't count them out to move up, but it is going to take a lot of creativity if they want to go high enough to get Newton.