I was shocked to read that according to Tony Pauline of DraftInsiders.net, at least six NFL teams have Newton rated as the top available player this year draft. Yes, not just the top quarterback, but the best player in the complete draft. Writes Pauline:
Last week in San Antonio at least six different teams said they rank Auburn quarterback Cam Newton as the number one prospect in the draft. The opinions were comprised from scouts, personnel directors and a few coaches. All had Newton rated clearly higher than Da’Quan Bowers, Nick Fairley, Marcel Dareus and competing signal caller Blaine Gabbert. We hear the Miami Dolphins have been inquiring heavily into Newton at this stage of the game.
So who are some of the teams that could have Newton ranked so highly?
Arizona Cardinals (No. 5):
Ken Whisenhunt knows the value of a big-bodied quarterback capable of extending plays and making something out of nothing, as he coached Ben Roethlisberger while the two were together in Pittsburgh. Arizona is desperate for a quarterback that can keep star Larry Fitzgerald happy.
Tennessee Titans (No. 8):
After failing with Vince Young, would Titans owner Bud Adams be willing to take on another highly-talented personality risk at quarterback? At the moment the Titans have no long-term solution at the quarterback position, and will need to draft one in this upcoming draft.
Washington Redskins (No. 10):
The Donovan McNabb experiment was a miserable failure and there is no doubt that the Redskins, like the Cardinals, will draft a quarterback high. The question is whether Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan prefer to use that first-round pick on Newton or Jake Locker?
Minnesota Vikings (No. 12):
A lot of mock drafts have Netwon landing in Minnesota as the Vikings have to realize that Tarvaris Jackson is not the answer to their quarterback issues. The debate internally in Minnesota has to be whether they go with Joe Webb or target Newton.
Miami Dolphins (No. 15):
Finally, we get to the team that Pauline references by name in his report. It seemed that by the end of last season that Dolphins upper management had lost faith in Chad Henne, who threw 19 interceptions to just 15 touchdowns in 2010. Miami owner Stephen Ross clearly likes to surround himself with stars, and what bigger star is there in the draft than Cam Newton. The downside for the Dolphins is that they will probably need to move up to the #5 spot to get him.
According to the NFL Draft Point Value Chart The Cardinals number 5 pick is worth 1,700 points and the Dolphins number 15 pick is worth 975 points. That is a 725 point difference. The Dolphins would probably have to offer their first and second round picks this year + their second round pick next year. That is a lot to give up.
If you are the Dolphins do you make trade? And what do you think of Cam Newton being ranked that highly?