Will the CBA Mess Lead the Vikings to Take Cam Newton in the 2011 NFL Draft?

Feb 17, 2011

The Vikings have issues at quarterback. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or someone that bleeds purple to know that. That’s what happens when you put all of your eggs in Brett Favre’s tattered basket. The Tarvaris Jackson Experiment failed miserably, and despite his heroics efforts against the Eagles, Joe Webb is simply not prepared to lead an NFL franchise. That’s means the Vikings will have to retool.
Unfortunately with a work stoppage looming, this quarterback void couldn’t have happened at a worse time. The NFL could cease all operations as early as March 4th. That means the Vikings would be unable to acquire any free agents, nor would they be able to complete a trade. The owners would lose some leverage if they paid any free agents between now and the possible lockout, that a prior deal would be a long shot.
Say this is a lockout that isn’t settled until after the April 28-30 2011 NFL Draft. If that is the case, there would be no incentive for a team like the Eagles to deal away Kevin Kolb. Without a chance to improve their team for the upcoming season, why not hang onto Kolb in case Michael Vick gets hurt. The Eagles are definite playoff contenders and Vick is a running quarterback so it wouldn’t make sense to leave the cupboard bare.
The same goes for Kyle Orton and the Broncos. While they are likely not going to be playoff contenders, has Tim Tebow shown enough for the Broncos to move Orton? Even if they did, is he enough to give the Vikings fans hope? Probably not.
All roads lead to drafting a quarterback in the 2011 NFL Draft with that 12th pick. Several mock drafts, mine included, have the Vikings going with Newton in that slot. Why? Because he’s a physical specimen with great leadership qualities. He’s is massive checking in at around 6’6″, 250 lbs with great speed and a strong arm. He completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 2854 yards and 30 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. He added 1473 yards and 20 more touchdowns on the ground. I know we’ve heard this before, but he could revolutionize the quarterback position.
Besides, the NFL is a copycat league. Both Super Bowl quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger, are mobile. So is Michael Vick, who was the most surprising story of the year. Adding a player who is strong enough to shrug off would-be tacklers and still be able to make plays with both his feet and his arm is huge, especially when you have dynamic downfield threats like Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin.
Not to mention the star power he brings. Before Brett Favre’s arrival, the Vikings had difficulty selling out the Metrodome in this economic climate. As brilliant as Adrian Peterson is, he didn’t generate nearly the buzz as old number four did. That’s because this is a quarterback driven league. If you don’t have a good one, you can forget about a playoff bid. Newton may be raw. We’ll found out more at the combine, but he is star after already landing an historic endorsement deal with Under Armour.
There is always the chance that quarterback hungry teams like Carolina, Buffalo, Arizona, Cleveland, San Francisco, Tennessee, or Washington could take him before the Vikings get the chance. However, if he is still on the board at 12, the Vikings may have a hard time letting him slide further.
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This article is also featured at NFLTouchdown.com, where I am the lead Vikings writer.

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5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry
    February 17th, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    Mel Kiper thinks Newton may go to the Bills at #3

  2. LestersLegends
    February 17th, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    I can see that. They totally need somebody to revive that team.

  3. Don
    February 17th, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    There is no way Arizona let’s him slide with Fitzgerald getting older each year. If they don’t address the qb position thier best player may demand a trade.

  4. Don
    February 17th, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    However, I do agree with you that IF he is there they can’t pass him up.

  5. LestersLegends
    February 17th, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    Totally agree Don. Though, they may go with Blaine Gabbert.

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