Cam Newton: Could Any Teams Trade Up for Cam Newton Early in NFL Draft?
Cam Newton Could Tempt Teams To Trade Up to Get Him Early in NFL Draft's First Round
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton has more upside and ability than any quarterback this side of Michael Vick. With his cannon of an arm, good speed, great size and solid accuracy, Newton has all the tools to be a fantastic NFL player.
Understandably, he's currently projected as the first overall pick in many mock drafts around the sports world, and represents a serious grab for whoever winds up taking him, particularly for teams in need of a quarterback.
With rumblings that Carolina really likes Newton first overall, could teams look to trade into the top spot to grab the potential-laden passer? Cincinnati, San Francisco, Tennessee, Minnesota, Seattle, Arizona and Buffalo could all use a quarterback, but would any of them really trade up to get him?
Considering the Panthers are looking at four different players, there doesn't seem to be much need for Buffalo to trade to the first overall spot, as they have plenty of other needs in the event Newton does get swept up first. Likewise, Cincy has plenty of other holes to fill, and Mike Brown continues to delude himself into thinking that Carson Palmer is coming back, so he's not likely to chase Newton any higher than they are right now.
Minnesota and Seattle might be too low to have much hope of getting Newton, but both teams seem pretty in love with Jake Locker out of Washington, meaning it's unlikely either one will go hunting for Newton in the early stages of the draft.
But, Tennessee and San Francisco are both intriguing. There's no way Newton will fall to them, since most experts agree that Arizona will take him fifth overall, and the seventh and eighth picking Niners and Titans both need a quarterback.
Assuming they don't like Blaine Gabbert as much as Newton, either one of these teams could try and pull a trade up, in the hopes of getting the Heisman Trophy winner. While they both have other holes to fill, quarterback remains a primary need for both squads (particularly in Tennessee, where it's looking like the Rusty Smith and Kerry Collins show right now). Therefore, getting a top-tier passer seems tantamount to their hopes.
In the end, though, I don't see anyone trading up for Newton, even if he goes lower than first overall. Even for teams with solid picks like Tennessee and San Francisco, the extra cost isn't worth getting Newton. Then again, most experts are predicting a screwball of a draft this year, meaning that in the end, anything could happen.
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