2011 NFL Mock Draft: Carolina Panthers Take Sizzle over Steak with First Pick

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2011 NFL Mock Draft:  Carolina Panthers Take Sizzle over Steak with First Pick

Raw franchise-caliber quarterback or immediate impact defensive lineman?

This is the choice the Carolina Panthers are pondering as the 2011 National Football League draft inches slower to its April 28 reality. New head coach Ron Rivera and general manager Marty Hurney have apparently narrowed the first selection to either Auburn's Heisman winning quarterback or Alabama All-America defensive lineman Marcel Dareus as the franchise begins the road back to respectability following last season's 2-14 crater.

Newton is raw, but has the potential to change the course of the franchise with his rare athleticism and 6'6, 250-pound frame, while Dareus is part Casey Hampton and part Warren Sapp with his ability to create havoc as either a tackle or end.

Who to choose? You won't have to wait long to find out.

 

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