The Latest Kiper Projection...
The Buffalo Bills are in a rather unique situation. Bills fans across the board have one prospect in mind that they'd like on the team over anyone else. But that list of potential picks is humongous this year.
Count 'em down with me:
And the list goes on, and on, and on. But the one guy I left off that list that is gaining a lot of steam is Auburn QB Cam Newton. From piecing everything together this off-season from what Chan Gailey or Buddy Nix has said, I could definitely see it happening.
While I'm not the biggest fan of Mel Kiper Jr.'s analysis, I very much respect his mock draft. He's been in the business a lot of years, and has more connections than I could ever dream of over that time. I think he's as tuned in to the draft process as far as scouts, agents, and members of the front office are concerned.
And who does Mel have the Bills taking?
That's right, Cam Newton.
"From the day he landed on the Big Board for the first time, I've said that Newton's physical skills and underrated ability as a passer could lead him all the way to the top of the draft. In Buffalo, what you have is an ideal foundation for his career. The Bills can keep Ryan Fitzpatrick around and develop Newton at a slower pace. But given Newton's total package of skills and size, and his proven ability as a guy who can adapt, deal with adversity and win, he represents a real possibility to land in the top five." - Mel Kiper's Mock Draft
I'm not against this pick. If they think he can be the franchise savior, then go for it. I'd rather the team make that statement than just middling around. I wouldn't be against them going defense either.
One thing is for sure though. I can't wait to get to the NFL Scouting Combine next week in Indianapolis to see what Chan, Buddy and Cam have to say about a potential union.
The Newton train is chugging along. Who's aboard?