This weekend after the epic 2nd half comeback of then #2 Auburn Tigers over then #11 Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Twitter was abuzz over the possible draft future of one, Cameron Newton. In most if not all draft circles, Cam is seen as the 4th best QB behind Andrew Luck (Stanford), Ryan Mallet (Arkansas), and Jake Locker (Washington). An author of our blog (Spacely Sprockets) contests that he wanted his team the Dallas Cowboys to draft Cam asap. I want to make my point known first and foremost that I am on the Cam Newton band wagon. He has electrified this season of college football and has brought Auburn up to a platform it hasn’t seen in 6 years. Plus he plays on through a series of allegations that discredits his character as well as could possibly put his current school in line for the NCAA death penalty for their role in his recruitment. But I must say that if any of these allegations are true that I run for the hills on him in the draft. Here’s why: Spacely Sprockets made the comparison to Reggie Bush and his problems at USC. My response to that is that those are significantly different situations if for nothing more than the positions they play.
1) Reggie’s allegations truly didn’t pick up speed till about a year and a half after he left USC. Cam’s are happening right here right now with him still playing for Auburn
2) Reggie is a RB. Cam is a QB. QBs are known as the leaders of franchises and you need them to have cleaner records in most cases than other members of your team.
So then my second part of this is his want for Cam to come to the Cowboys. Which I wish I would’ve heard this from him before writing this but I wanted to ask if he belongs to the part of the Cowboys fanbase that resents Tony Romo and doesn’t think he can be a premiere QB in this league? Romo will turn 31 this coming year, meaning he should be on point to have at least 5 good/great years left in his career. So why are you willing to draft such a high profile understudy this early? Because if you’re willing to part ways with Romo, believe me that as a fan of a struggling team with no proven QB (49ers), we’d love to have him for that duration and we’ll welcome him with open arms.
So part 3 of my analysis falls under the cloud of the black QB in the NFL. As a whole outside of a lot of east coast QBs (Vick, McNabb, Garrard) we’re doing a whole lot in the league these days. This is a much deeper issue than I’m willing to jump into but lets face facts: 1) There’s still the stigma of owners of having a black QB run your organization. They’d rather see us switch to other positions and then sometimes play QB on gadgety Wildcat formation plays. 2) When we are given a chance, we usually screw it up. Exhibit A: JaMarcus Russell (though, with all do respect, this guy had absolutely no right getting drafted in the 1st round) Exhibit B: Mike Vick (Atl stint clearly) Exhibit C: Vince Young (up to him to decide this ending) and the list goes on and on but those are just current examples. My hypothesis on our struggles at the position is this. The black QB fraternity is told probably in college they won’t succeed under center and play with that chip on their shoulders their whole collegiate careers and when they do get drafted in that 1st rd top 10 role, they’ve forgotten the work that got them there and struggle readjusting to the idea of starting from the ground floor and working their way back up. They don’t want to put the work into their craft anymore until the teams have no choice but to take away the starting QB title away from them. Only in the case of Vick have we seen everything taken from him to have him rise up from the ashes and return better than he was originally (Thread sidenote: I think it goes without question that the 2 biggest offensive freaks we’ve seen at their positions this generation without doubt have been Vick and Moss. Both figured out how to completely misuse their God given talent and not maximize their abilities and one looks like he finally has gotten it).
With the Vince blowup fresh on all our minds, I’m not sure how fast anyone is willing to pull the trigger on that possible black, Heisman trophy winning (sans Vince), National Championship winning QB. It’s the most scrutinized position and with good reason. So know what you’re getting before you take it out of the store and unwrap it. No receipt can save you from a blunder of that regard.
In closing, this is really just my view on a lot of things and of course seeing as I’m not a professional of any of this and just a novice on talent evaluation, this could all mean shit 5 years from now. I just know that when it comes draft time, I’m not burning a 1st round pick on Cam. If anything that keeps him in the motivated mindset to prove people wrong.
-The Big Socrates