’09 Heisman Trophy Winner’s Next Stop: Nation’s Capital?
If The Skins Desired Destination Is To Sit Atop The NFC East In 2011, It Would Be Wise To Upgrade The Offense Via An SEC Playmaker
- Mel Kiper Jr. has Cam Newton going as high as #3 to Buffalo. Perfect fit for the Bills if they can pair him up with last year’s 1st round pick, C.J. Spiller, in the backfield. With that said, how about Cam #1 overall to Carolina? The jury is still out on Jimmy Clausen. Is he the long-term solution at QB? Is he even a franchise guy you can build around? Cam’s more of an answer than Clausen. Roll the dice, draft a potential superstar. I don’t see anyone in this Draft with a higher ceiling than Newton. The 2010 winner of the Heisman is definitely worthy of the first spot. Select the Auburn rocket launcher and sign a top free agent (money’s there) like Mathias Kiwanuka or Cullen Jenkins to help shore up the defensive line in the post-Julius Peppers era.
- Will Shockey return to where he attended College? He’s a former member of the “U” and the Dolphins are certainly lacking playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. According to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, he is “very interested”. Also, could we see Plaxico Burress joining his former New York Giant teammate in Miami? Chad Henne needs some help. Brandon Marshall was a major disappointment and Davone Bess is an above-average slot receiver/underneath option at best. With both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams as free agents, it’s obvious change is in order. Things could get extra juicy during this transition phase; so why not take a risk or two, by signing Shockey and Burress?
- Do you remember the last time the Washington Redskins won the NFC East? 1999. Who was their RB? Stephen Davis. The bruising Davis was an SEC back and it’s not a coincidence that the last time they won their division they were led by a strong rushing attack. So, how about Mark Ingram at pick 10? If Cam Newton is unavailable, and they can’t trade up for him; then why not choose Ingram? Sooner or later Washington has to find an identity, even better, a standout contributor who can consistently provide plays when the team has the rock. The offense needs a spark, a jolt to help it get out of its stagnant ways, and the Crimson Tide kid is an excellent option. You clearly witnessed at Alabama that #22 could anchor an NFL offense running the pigskin, a la similar to a certain #22 in the SEC during the mid 80s: Emmitt Smith, in his days at Gainesville. Mark Ingram is a premiere talent, why pass him up at #10?