Tennessee Titans: Why Cam Newton Is a Lock at 8th Overall for the Titans

Aaron YoungCorrespondent IIIApril 11, 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 2011 NFL Draft coming up, the Tennessee Titans have to make a crucial decision. Who will be under center for them during the 2011 season? The only noteworthy quarterbacks the team currently has on its roster are Vince Young and Kerry Collins.

This looks like a good duo on paper, but when you take into account that Young is unwanted by the organization and Collins is nearing the end of his career, the quarterback situation in Tennessee darkens.

Trading the former first-round draft pick, Young, is by now something that is just waiting to happen. He did not plan out the way the franchise hoped for, and even his longtime fan, Bud Adams, finally realized that having Young on his roster did not allow his franchise to move forward.

With Young traded, the Titans are left with the aging veteran, Kerry Collins. Although Collins might have enough left for one good season or two, he clearly is not the long-term answer.

It is obvious that the Titans’ owner, Bud Adams, was not a big fan of Young due to his charming personality. The former college star did not manage to make the team believe in him as their leader, and he was constantly arguing with authority personnel at the organization.

Therefore, it seems clear that what Bud Adams truly admired was Vince Young’s physical attributes. The physical specimen has a skill set that could possibly have revolutionized the quarterback position if he had been willing to work hard enough for it.

Enter Cam Newton.

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Cameron Newton has a lot of the same type of skills that Vince Young had coming out of college. The difference is that Newton stands out as highly more intelligent than Young was. It’s not hard to find an argument that the former Auburn quarterback has done stupid things, either.

The Florida scandal is an obvious knock on Newton, but as he has addressed in the media—he has learned from his mistakes. Now, that’s easy to tell anybody, but when you look at him saying it and you hear him saying it, it becomes clear that he is not another Vince Young.

Newton speaks with the tone of voice that only great leaders can. This is definitely a man that can rally the troops.

This would also let the Tennessee Titans keep the Young effect, where star running back Chris Johnson gets a break from some of the defensive pressure as the opposing defense has to look out for Newton’s arm and legs as well as Johnson’s electrifying skills.

Additionally, this would put Newton in an ideal situation, where he could learn from a proven veteran in Collins, for a season or two while he adapts to the NFL.

Bud Adams must be in love with this situation and is surely letting the idea grow on his coaching staff. Look for Titans to grab Newton at eighth overall!