2011 NFL Draft: Why the Miami Dolphins Need Cam Newton

Allen Levin@@TheNBAllenCorrespondent IIMarch 22, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Cam Newton passes the ball during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With the NFL draft right around the corner, the Miami Dolphins have a tough choice to make with their 15th overall pick. They have glaring needs at runningback, offensive guard and strong safety, and could utilize their first round selection to fill one of those holes.

However, the Dolphins are still plagued at the quarterback position. Since Dan Marino retired, Miami has not had a stable player at the position and someone that they can officially call the "quarterback of the future."

Chad Henne has played well at times, but overall has been very inconsistent. He doesn't appear to be the Dolphins' answer under center and even Bill Parcells publicly stated that Henne has played under expectations.

While this might be a stretch, the Dolphins should do everything in their power to trade up in the draft in order to get Heisman winner Cam Newton.

Newton has impressed scouts, and struggled at the NFL combine. However, he is still predicted to be a top 10 pick in the draft and a top two QB pick with Missouri's Blaine Gabbert likely to be drafted ahead of him.

With the 15th pick, the Dolphins have a lot of options. They can trade the pick and get a late first round pick or two second round picks, they can use it to grab a runningback, such as Mark Ingram, or package it with a player to move up.

Ricky Williams' and Ronnie Brown's time in Miami appears to be coming to an end, so naturally the Fins have their eyes set on a fresh pair of legs. But, the Dolphins aren't going to truly progress until they find their next QB.

Newton, regardless of his potential concerns, can be the franchise's next guy. He is a superior athlete with play making skills and the ability to be a game changer. He is naturally gifted with his 6'5", 250 pound frame.

He has dominated headlines over the past year with controversy, but that doesn't take away from the fact he was the unanimous Heisman winner and a National Champion with Auburn.

He can make an immediate impact with the Dolphins and has a great wide receiver target to work with in Brandon Marshall. Miami had one of the worst offenses in the league last season, averaging 17.1 points per game, which was good enough for third worst in the NFL.

A lot of that was due to the quarterback play and the play calling of the offensive coordinator, Dan Henning.

Marshall only caught three touchdowns last year and that could change dramatically with Newton under center.

Despite all the criticism Newton has received, he has real potential to be a stud in the NFL. He is a dual threat QB that can change the entire dynamic of the Miami offense. With Newton, the Dolphins offense wouldn't be nearly as futile and would only improve in the coming years.

Depending on what Miami would have to give up in order to get in position to draft Newton, they could still use their later round picks to fill their other holes. The Dolphins would have options like runningback Kendall Hunter, Nate Irving or David Arkin to draft in the later rounds, which would fill some of their runningback and offensive guard needs.

If they are able to trade up and draft Newton, it would be a huge step in the right direction for Miami. He is a special player and Miami really needs to start thinking about who the franchise's next quarterback is going to be. Because until then, they will be mired in mediocrity for years to come.