NFL Draft 2011: Is Cam Newton Really Going No. 1 to Carolina Panthers?
So what do the Carolina Panthers do with the No. 1 pick?
Virtually every expert and every mock draft has the team taking Auburn quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton with the No. 1 overall pick.
Now comes news that former Carolina executive Tony Softli predicts that the Panthers will pass on Cam Newton and take Alabama DT Marcell Dareus with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Softli believes there is a bigger need at defensive lineman than quarterback.
That may very well be true, but what Carolina really needs is an infusion of enthusiasm and excitement down in Charlotte in a market that is overwhelmingly preoccupied with NASCAR, college football and college basketball. It might not be in that order but, no matter what order it's in, the Panthers and pro football are still a distant fourth.
That's why drafting Newton adds some juice. The Panthers need to show their fans something on the way back relevancy, and this is a good first step.
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