NFL Draft 2011: Five Teams Who Should Trade Up and Snag Cam Newton

Chris LeydenCorrespondent IIMarch 10, 2011

NFL Draft 2011: Five Teams Who Should Trade Up and Snag Cam Newton

0 of 5

    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)
    Joe Robbins/Getty Images

    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

1 of 5

    BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 2:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals fumbles the ball with less than two  minutes to go in the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Benga
    Larry French/Getty Images

    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

2 of 5

    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5  of the Washington Redskins on the sidelines against play against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    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

3 of 5

    DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 02:  Interim head coach Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings looks on from the bench while playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on January 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 20-13.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Gett
    Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

    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

4 of 5

    MIAMI - DECEMBER 26: Fans calling for the removal of Quarterback Chad Henne #7 as the Miami Dolphins play against the Detroit Lions at Sun Life Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Lions defeated the Dolphins 34-27. (Photo by Marc Serota/Ge
    Marc Serota/Getty Images

    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

5 of 5

    KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders throws a pass in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Tim Umphrey/Getty Images)
    Tim Umphrey/Getty Images

    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.