Personally, I do not want this to happen. The Panthers would be so much better off drafting a great defensive player and acquiring a QB in a late round. But what would they risk in drafting the icon? More after the jump
Cam Newton was a terrific college player, his Heisman and National Championship trophies speak for themselves but what are the chances that he becomes an elite NFL quarterback? Slim in my opinion. He is in almost the same situation as Tim Tebow was last year in the NFL Draft, but he has higher expectations. Newton has some upside considering his athleticism and power but he doesn't have what it takes to be an NFL quarterback. He showed everyone at the combine that it is difficult for him to drop back and complete a simple out pattern in his underwear.I don't understand why the Panthers would consider him #1 material. He would only be good for wildcat situations, or just playing as a slot receiver. When he is presented with a pro offense he will be stymied. It would be ridiculous to take Cam Newton first overall in this draft. The Panthers will be better off just drafting a great defensive player first and looking at quarterbacks later in the draft. I am a Tar Heel fan and I watched TJ Yates for his entire career, he improved and matured tremendously over each year and is able do most of what the coaches ask of him on the field. If you can get a player like him in the 6th of 7th round then that would be a steal, who know we could end up drafting the next Tom Brady. The only good thing about taking Newton would be that it would guarantee us the #1 overall pick next year.