Hello, Niners fans. It’s been quite some time since my last post and it’s good to be back. A host of events kept me extremely busy the last few weeks, yet I am still alive. So, you should expect to get a healthy dose of me regarding your Niners in the weeks and months ahead. Work stoppage, or not.
It is my intent to have a post titled “The First Word” up every morning around 8:00 PST. The purpose of such post is to give you something to think about during the day about the Niners.
Today’s “First Word”: Cam Newton
Apparently, the Niners are one of six teams to interview Auburn QB Cam Newton this week at the NFL’s Scouting Combine. If the Niners came away impressed with him, do you think they would grab him at the 7th spot if he were still available? Or, could they even move up to select him?
I don’t think so.
While the Niners do have a great need at the QB position, I don’t think it would be logical to select him with the 7th pick, or move up to pick him. Newton does have a lot of potential and if he can replicate half his success at Auburn in the NFL, he will go on to make a great living for himself. I just don’t see it being with the Niners.
Here are a few reasons why Newton likely won’t be a Niner. Today, it would not be a reach to say that Alex Smith will be a Niner next season. While GM Trent Baalke has been non-committal to the prospect of Smith returning, head coach Jim Harbaugh looks like he wants to give this guy a chance. When you throw in the fact that experienced QBs in the league could be available (Kevin Kolb, Carson Palmer) to the Niners, one quickly sees why the Niners are better off selecting a CB or DL as opposed to a QB with their first round selection.
Over the next eight weeks, this topic will be hotly debated and one will not know what happens for sure until April 28th. For the time being however, the idea of Cam Newton donning a Red and Gold uniform can be fantasized about.