As I was recently thinking about the upcoming draft, the following question came to my mind: Can the Carolina Panthers actually have a better draft than they did last year? It didn’t take long for me to realize that the answer to this question is quite simply, and unequivocally, no. There’s only one explanation for this, and it is none other than our very own franchise quarterback, Cam Newton. In fact, even if you could somehow guarantee that every player from the 2011 draft not named Cam would wash out into the deep blue yonder next year attached to a surfboard with Kealoha Pilares, my answer would still be no. Furthermore, if you could go another step beyond this by guaranteeing that every player we pick in the 2012 draft is going to be a steal, my answer again would still be no. Some of you may disagree, and that’s fine. We are all entitled to our own opinions. Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about where
By now we all know what kind of player we acquired when we drafted Cam Newton. Simply put. He’s a machine. With all the natural ability in the world, he only went out and broke almost every conceivably important rookie quarterback record. Here they are again for old times sake: Most passing yards for a rookie debut(422), the most passing yards for a rookie in his first two starts(854), the only player to ever pass for 400+ yards in each of his first two starts, the most passing yards for rookie in a season(4, 051), the first quarterback ever to throw for 4,000+ and 500+(706) in a season, the most rushing touchdowns for a quarterback in a season(14). As amazing as those numbers are, I’d now like to express my appreciation for another part of
Despite the fact that I derive all kinds of pleasure from those outward manifestations of his abilities in the form of all-time records, I am even more impressed with what seems to be going on inside of his head and heart.
So when it comes to the 2012 draft, don’t expect the Panthers to outdo what they accomplished in last year’s draft. As I previously opined, that would be too difficult to duplicate or surpass. The best the Panthers can hope to do in the upcoming draft is to surround