NFL Draft 2011: Making Sense of the Cleveland Browns' Interest in Cam Newton
NFL Draft 2011 Could Pretty Much Be Called the "Cam Newton Show," But Why are the Browns Interested?
Ever since Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton declared for the 2011 NFL Draft, it has often seemed like the former Auburn Tigers quarterback is the only player in the draft class worth talking about.
This is not surprising, I suppose. After all, nobody can deny that Newton is immensely talented, and he is coming off one of the best individual seasons in college football history.
Exactly which NFL team is more interested than Newton than all the others has been pretty difficult to determine. In fact, it seems like just about every team in the NFL would absolutely love to have him, and for good reason. Provided Newton can learn the pro game, he has all the makings of a star.
Newton is expected to go in the Top 10, maybe even as high as No. 1 overall to the Carolina Panthers. But one of the more interesting teams that has thrown it's name into the Newton mix is the Cleveland Browns.
The Browns' interest in Newton first came to light this past Wednesday when a report from NFL.com said that they were one of eight teams that has scheduled a private workout for Newton.
The reason why this is so odd, of course, is the fact that the Browns already have a young quarterback in Colt McCoy, who they drafted last year.
Nevertheless, team president Mike Holmgren told Tony Grossi of The Plainer Dealer that he always looks into quarterbacks.
"Oh, I'm going to talk to them," he said. "I like to watch the quarterbacks, anyway, you know. But those fellas probably will be drafted pretty high. But I think we have to talk to them all. We'll probably bring them in, do our work and see what happens."
Personally, despite the fact I'm well aware that due diligence on all intriguing prospects is necessary, I'm just not so sure I buy the idea of Newton in a Browns uniform. And I think ESPN's AFC North blogger James Walker said it best when he wrote, "Cleveland holding a private workout for Newton could be as big as the Browns having serious doubts about McCoy behind closed doors, or as little as smoke screen to either drive up trade value or hide their true intentions at No. 6."
Indeed, what we seem to have here is nothing more than a rather loud case of posturing. I can certainly buy the idea that Newton has a higher ceiling than McCoy, but I think the Browns would be better suited using their No. 6 pick on a wide receiver like Georgia's A.J. Green or an impact defender like North Carolina's Robert Quinn.
Then again, I'll be damned if I'm going to start giving a guy like Holmgren advice. He knows what he's doing.
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