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Three-year Career Statistics at Florida and Auburn:
Passing: 2,908 yards, 30 touchdowns, seven interceptions.
Rushing: 1,586 yards, 24 touchdowns.
I have written numerous articles defending Cam Newton and why the Carolina Panthers should take him with the first overall pick—and here comes yet another one.
Newton may not be the best quarterback, nor the best player for that matter, but he is by far the biggest playmaker and that is exactly why Carolina needs him.
Carolina has never had an athletic, big-armed quarterback like Newton.
The other quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, is very overrated and went from being a mid-round selection to a possible first overall pick mostly due to the "who you know" rule. Newton is a better passer than Gabbert and much more of an athlete, which is what Carolina needs at that position.
With every quarterback that Carolina has seen in the last 10 years, all of them have one similarity: when a defender gets into the pocket, the QB is sacked. They have never had a quarterback who can get out of the pocket and make plays with his feet when nothing is open downfield.
Not only does Newton bring all that to Carolina, but he gives this team excitement and an "entertainer and icon," as Newton would say.
Newton would help this team in multiple ways because of what he can do with the ball in his hands. I believe he will bring Steve Smith back to the type of player he once was, and give this team the best run game in the league.
Look, I've heard all the excuses: "He was a one year starter, he has character concerns, he can't make it as a franchise quarterback."
If a player can transfer schools, become a starter, and put up the kind of numbers he did passing and running, there is no way you can pass on him.
Want to know the difference between Cam Newton and JaMarcus Russell? Newton is athletic and has a much better arm and character—oh, and he won a championship in his one season with the team.