If we listen to Bengals owner Mike Brown, the team isn’t interested in parting ways with quarterback Carson Palmer, which would make the team less inclined to use the fourth overall pick on a new quarterback. If we listen to Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, he seems poised to pounce on quarterback Cam Newton, if Newton is still on the board when the Bengals use the fourth pick in the 2011 draft.
“He’s a real fine NFL prospect,” Lewis recently told the team’s official website. “He’s got a great, great personality. Magnetic.“
And there’s more.
“He’s got it. He’s got it. Whoever said that wished they had it,” Lewis said. “It’s really important when you’re talking about evaluating the quarterback position that they have that. That they’re that kind of guy. You’ve got be a guy that is standup, ready to take control kind of guy. . . .
“He’s gone through some adversity that’s been created around him. Some self-inflicted at times. Probably some inflicted by the environment around him at times. Some made up, probably. But whatever it is, he’s been successful. He shoulders responsibilities and he’s done well with it.”
Whether or not Lewis is trying to create a smokescreen won’t matter, if Newton is picked by the Panthers at No. 1 or the Bills at No. 3. Then again, Lewis may be trying to ensure that one of the teams drafting in front of the Bengals will pick Newton, so that the player they’re actually targeting can slide through to the Bengals.