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Panthers continue march towards Newton

Posted on: April 5, 2011 6:15 pm

It continues to look increasingly like the Carolina Panthers are going to select Cam Newton with the first overall pick in April's draft. But there is a caveat.

Owner Jerry Richardson still isn't completely sold on Newton, a source with knowledge of the Panthers' draft plans told Still, Richardson will likely defer to his personnel staff, and many of them have met with Newton, and like him.

The lockout is damaging the entire league but when it comes to rookies it's Newton who could be hurt more than others. Some teams are concerned if the labor impasse contiinues into the summer or longer quarterbacks like Newton who will need extensive coaching might suffer more than other rookies.

Another player the Panthers continue to be enamored with is former Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green. I find this impossible to believe but people I trust insist the Panthers could trade down and take Green.

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Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 9:19 pm

Panthers continue march towards Newton

Of all the needs the Panthers have to fill (and QB is one of them) they'd be better off drafting Peterson, Green or a D lineman.  Then pick up TJ Yates down the line... Yates isn't the athlete Newton is, but he's a better passer and would be a much better value.

Ah heck, I don't even know if I'm kidding or not.

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 8:49 pm

Panthers continue march towards Newton

The restaurant I work at is having a cigar dinner tonight and Cam is there with Rivera. So....

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 8:41 pm

Panthers continue march towards Newton

Cam seems a little risky to me until maybe late 1st round. Top ten, and especially #1, seems like too much investment unless you know you have a sure thing, or as close to it as you can get. OTOH, The Panthers will know a lot more about Cam Newton, physically, mentally, emotionally, and background-wise, than anyone on these boards can possibly know, so a lot of second-guessing with less-than-complete information is not a solid position to take.   

Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: April 5, 2011 8:21 pm

Panthers continue march towards Newton

@UNC Samurai

Are you just an idiot or did you not watch any panthers games last year? To say the most hurtful thing was to lose peppers and muhammad is just asinine. Did you NOT watch Clausen last year? A quarterback to fit the system? are YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?! What good is having someone to compliment Steve Smith if nobody can get them the ball. To say we need to go defense when we had the LAST ranked offense and our your so called "quarterback to fit the system" was the DEAD LAST rated QB in the league could possibly be the dumbest thing I have ever heard. ANYBODY that says we should go defense should probably stick to what they are good at... which obviously is nothing. I don't even really care for Newton myself, but how is he such a terrible idea in a division featuring: Brees, Ryan, and Freeman? All the kid has done is WIN. EVERYWHERE. If i had to watch Clausen for one more season I would probably jump ship... he is THAT BAD. Cam could fail miserably, he could be great... who knows... but I can tell you for 100% certainty that none of our QB's on the roster will ever be more than a 3rd stringer or back up at best. At this point, my whole feeling on Newton is lets take a chance... Columbus did.

Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 8:10 pm

Panthers continue march towards Newton

From the minute that we "locked up" the number one pick, I have been saying to whoever would listen that the smart play is to trade down and take Green. If there is one glaring need of the Panthers these last couple years, it is a need for a strong number two receiver. A couple of years ago, we went 12-4 with two 1000 yard rushers and as soon as we hit the playoffs and fell behind to the Cards and were forced to pass, all the Cards had to do was double team Steve. End of story. We have drafted receiver after receiver and nobody has stepped up. Matt Moore was effective because we have the horses to run the ball. Last year, teams were able to put 8 or 9 guys in the box because we only had one threat to catch a pass. So our running game became ineffective. Get Green and open up the offense!

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 8:05 pm

Panthers continue march towards Newton

I am a Panthers fan and I don't want Newton.  I'd rather they take a defensive lineman.  Newton doesn't impress me as a pure thrower or a reader of defenses  which is what Quaterbacking is these days.  He is a great athlete but he won't get to use all that ability, unless he is running for his life.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 7:51 pm

Panthers continue march towards Newton

i doubt a trade occurs unless a team wanting Peterson moves up. Anyways, the pick is going to be Cam Newton. As much as i like Green and his potential, Newton is the hot name and sells tickets which the owner will fall for, i think Clausen should get one last chance, but he wont.

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 7:48 pm

Panthers continue march towards Newton

If history does repeat itself the Panthers will make the wrong decision

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 7:42 pm

Panthers continue march towards Newton

Newton is a huge risk at #1.  Character issues abound...

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 7:41 pm

Panthers continue march towards Newton

Drafting Cam Newton is a terrible idea.  The Panthers have a quarterback that fits the system.  The biggest needs are on defensive line and a weapon to complement Steve Smith.  It's hard to tell which hurt more last season - the loss of Peppers or Muhammad.

Of course, given the stunning wisdom Jerry Richardson has shown in the last few years, he may make Marty Hurney draft Cam Newton because a big name might sell tickets.  Of course, he forgets that teams make money because they play well.

A worse human being than myself would say that transplanted heart was wasted on Jerry. 

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