There is much talk about the third installment in the AFC North Rival trilogy of 2010. As much as I hope the Baltimore Ravens will oust the Pittsburgh Steelers tomorrow (like they did against the Tennessee Titans ten years ago), I don't think this blog needs another Ravens-Steelers post. Rather, I would like to look further into the future. No, not February. April. Auburn's Nick Fairly and Cam Newton have announced that they are entering the NFL draft.
For those of you who saw any games where Cam Newton was under center for the Tigers, you must remember that one play that took advantage of Newton's size: He fakes the handoff to the RB, then charges through the middle, gaining chunks of yardage against SEC defenses. You can bet he'll be a first round pick. If I were to pick him, I'd choose him as a Running Back, like the Steelers did with Jerome Bettis.
2. Quarterback. Remember the loose plan going into the '08 season? "Let the rookie QB sit on the bench and learn from Kyle and Troy." However, a series of unfortunate events placed Joe where he is today. Troy Smith developed a blood clot and, later, an infection which kept him out of training camp for a while. Kyle Boller injured his shoulder, forcing him out for the season. Please understand when I say that that was the best thing that ever happened to the Ravens since the 1996 draft where we picked a Linebacker named Ray Lewis, whom other teams deemed too small to be a Linebacker in the NFL. We only have two Quarterbacks right now. A third will do us some good.
3. Safety. Aside from bolstering the secondary, we need to make sure we have a ball hawk who won't try to lateral the ball after intercepting the pass.