Carolina Panthers: Debating Blaine Gabbert vs Cam Newton

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more stories
Carolina Panthers: Debating Blaine Gabbert vs Cam Newton
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Carolina Panthers

Carolina is in a tough situation. One year ago they traded Jake Delhomme, and made the decision to move forward with a new QB. They added Jimmy Clausen and Tony Pike from the college level. In addition to also having some career backup quarterbacks Keith Null and Matt Moore.

Quarterback is not a deep position in this draft. If the Panthers believe they need a QB, and I'm not sure they do. They must use the No. 1 overall pick in the draft to get one of any real value. By the time they choose again in the 2011 draft, there won't be anyone available that's any better than the guys they have.

If the Panthers choose to go QB, then whom should they select?

This is a heavily debated question. Blaine Gabbert or Cameron Newton, and basically that all there is. Neither of them have the body of work that NFL general managers like to see. The numbers they were able to achieve in a short time span is incredible.

A good pro day put Gabbert ahead of Newton in most people's opinion. Whereas the pro day can be overrated, the Panthers owner has said publicly that he did want to take a guy with off-the-field issues. Many would believe that eliminates Newton from possible selection.

 

Gabbert vs. Newton

Who would you take with the first pick?

Submit Vote vote to see results

Gabbert, 6'5", 240 pounds, is a pro-style QB. He's played 13 games in each of the last two seasons. In 2010 he passed for 3,186 yards, and 3,593 in 2009. Those would be high passing yards in the NFL, but that was at the college level.

Against the best CB he faced Prince Amukamara he lost 31-17, and threw for 199 yards, rushing for 72 yards.

His worst game ironically wasn't against the best CB, or even a good pass defense. He only threw for 95 yards against Texas Tech, and was held to eight yards on the ground.

 

Blaine Gabbert 2010

Date Opponent Surface Result Rush Yards Pass Yards Plays Total Yards Yards/Play
09/04/10 + Illinois Turf W 23-13 -10 281 53 271 5.1
09/11/10 McNeese St. Turf W 50-6 -11 220 33 209 6.3
09/18/10 San Diego St. Turf W 27-24 -9 351 58 342 5.9
09/25/10 Miami (Ohio) Turf W 51-13 20 187 30 207 6.9
10/09/10 Colorado Turf W 26-0 6 191 35 197 5.6
10/16/10 @ 19 Texas A&M Grass W 30-9 -22 361 51 339 6.6
10/23/10 6 Oklahoma Turf W 36-27 26 308 50 334 6.7
10/30/10 @ 20 Nebraska Turf L 17-31 74 199 64 273 4.3
11/06/10 @ Texas Tech Turf L 17-24 8 95 35 103 2.9
11/13/10 Kansas St. Turf W 38-28 89 208 39 297 7.6
11/20/10 @ Iowa St. Grass W 14-0 37 172 32 209 6.5
11/27/10 + Kansas Grass W 35-7 31 179 37 210 5.7
12/28/10 + Iowa Grass L 24-27 -7 434 70 427 6.1

Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Totals

232 3186 587 3418 5.8
@ : Away, + : Neutral Site

 

 

Newton, 6'5", 248 pounds, won the Heisman Trophy and the National Championship. Those two things have historically went against past winners of both. A dark cloud of suspicion has followed him from Florida to Auburn.

ESPN writer James Walker sees Newton as the best candidate for future bust. He had Newton going to the Cincinnati Bengals, which you have to question that right there. Will he fall past Buffalo if Gabbert is also available? That might be the only way he does, if Carolina goes defense. Which is a very high possibility.

 

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Cameron Newton 2010

Date Opponent Surface Result Att Comp Pct. Yards Yards/Att TD Int Rating
09/04/10 Arkansas St. Grass W 52-26 14 9 64.3 186 13.3 3 0 246.61
09/09/10 @ 15 Mississippi St. Grass W 17-14 19 11 57.9 136 7.2 2 1 142.24
09/18/10 Clemson Grass W 27-24 14 7 50.0 203 14.5 2 2 190.37
09/25/10 22 South Carolina Grass W 35-27 21 16 76.2 158 7.5 2 0 170.82
10/02/10 La.-Monroe Grass W 52-3 19 14 73.7 245 12.9 3 1 223.57
10/09/10 @ Kentucky Grass W 37-34 21 13 61.9 210 10.0 0 1 136.39
10/16/10 12 Arkansas Grass W 65-43 14 10 71.4 140 10.0 1 0 179.00
10/23/10 8 LSU Grass W 24-17 16 10 62.5 86 5.4 0 0 107.65
10/30/10 @ Mississippi Turf W 51-31 24 18 75.0 209 8.7 2 0 175.65
11/06/10 Chattanooga Grass W 62-24 21 15 71.4 317 15.1 4 0 261.09
11/13/10 Georgia Grass W 49-31 15 12 80.0 148 9.9 2 1 193.55
11/26/10 @ 10 Alabama Grass W 28-27 20 13 65.0 216 10.8 3 0 205.22
12/04/10 + 22 South Carolina Turf W 56-17 28 17 60.7 335 12.0 4 0 208.35
01/10/11 + 3 Oregon Grass W 22-19 34 20 58.8 265 7.8 2 1 137.82

Totals 280 185 66.1 2854 10.2 30 7 182.05
@ : Away, + : Neutral Site
Kent Horner/Getty Images

 

Run-first QBs have not done well in the NFL, but having a Vick-type option in the backfield isn't a bad thing. I don't think he's a run-first QB, and with the exception of Chattanooga, I saw every game he played at Auburn. He was money on big passes when he needed them most.

 

Ron Rivera and the Defense

We all know that Rivera is a defensive-minded coach. The team is loaded at the running back position. They have some strong pieces on the defensive side of the ball. They are missing the elite defensive end to give them a pass rush. Losing Julius Peppers killed them defensively.

The Panthers have three guys would could give them the much needed pass rush. Von Miller from Texas A&M had a good pro day workout, and he could play the DE position. Auburn DT Nick Fairley is a strong defensive lineman, and he was really a Cam Newton on the Tigers defense.

Marcell Dareus had gone ahead of both Miller and Fairley. He could play DT or DE, and scouts believe he's NFL ready right now. He's the safe pick if Carolina doesn't want to gamble at QB. They obviously feel they lost with Clausen, or they wouldn't be considering QB with the first pick one year later. 

 

So who are you picking?

I would take the safe pick with Marcell Dareus. Give Clausen and Moore another year to mature. It's hard to call anyone a bust after one year, and especially at QB.

Load More Stories

Follow Carolina Panthers from B/R on Facebook

Follow Carolina Panthers from B/R on Facebook and get the latest updates straight to your newsfeed!

Carolina Panthers

Subscribe Now

We will never share your email address

Thanks for signing up.