Carolina to Select Newton First Overall

Updated: April 26, 2011

All reports on ESPN are that the Carolina Panthers are set to draft the Heisman winner Cam Newton with the #1 overall pick.  The Panthers, with no 2nd round pick are apparently pressed to get a passer in this draft and it is believed that they will address that position with the #1 overall selection rather than wait later.

Is it the right pick? Probably not.  Not that Cam isn’t a great prospect, but he is no where near a polished product and Carolina drafted not one, not two, but three collegiate QBs last year.  So to solve their problem of not having a QB they draft a fourth? (YES, Armanti counts)  It really doesn’t make sense.  There are just too many question marks.  If you aren’t going to be a good team in 2011 anyways, why not take the highest rated guy on the board (Patrick Peterson or Marcel Dareus) and get a QB next year?

Who knows, maybe the Panthers will strike gold with “Cam Juice.”  Or maybe they will look back and say “we should have just taken Patrick Peterson.”