“He’s got a long way to go,” said Kirwan. “But he and Blaine Gabbert will be top 10 picks in the draft, because everyone needs a QB.”
But what about the rave reviews from Newton’s made for the media workout on Friday?
“[The workout] was phenomenal, according to Trent,” said Kirwan who conferred with former QB and current analyst Trent Dilfer who was on site last week. “But that’s in shorts. Who was rushing him? Nobody. JaMarcus Russell was awesome in his workout too. We’ll see how it pans out.”
As for where he might land, there’s of course the off-season of discontent brewing in Cincinnati with Carson Palmer who reportedly put his house on the market last week. But would the Bengals use the No. 4 pick for him with Palmer still under contract?
“I don’t think [Bengals President Mike Brown] is opposed to drafting a QB,” said Kirwan. “He took Boomer Esiason when Kenny Anderson was about Carson’s age. He took David Klingler when Boomer was about Carson’s age. So it might be time to take one.”
Kirwan also added that maybe a better course of action would be trying to convince Palmer to stay, but if they did have another quarterback in place, there would be plenty of teams interested in the eight year veteran.
And speaking of antsy quarterbacks potentially on the move, there’s also Kevin Kolb who will be second to Michael Vick barring injury and has made it clear he would like to be someone’s number one.
“I would not trade Kolb unless it was a really solid first-round pick,” said Kirwan. “I say that because of the way Michael Vick plays. He’s not going to last 16 games a season for the next couple of years, and they’ll need Kevin as the solid backup.”
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