NFL Draft 2011: 5 Reasons the Panthers Should Have Taken Patrick Peterson No. 1
As it was recently announced, the Panthers have selected Auburn QB Cam Newton with the No.1 pick.
Recently, it was revealed that the Panthers had narrowed down their possibilities to four choices: Patrick Peterson, Cam Newton, A.J. Green and Marcell Dareus.
While any of these picks could be justifiable, Newton was the last person out of these four that the Panthers should have taken.
And here's why.
1. The Panthers Already Have Several Young QBs
The Panthers have a roster that consists of several young QBs.
They had two rookies last year, Jimmy Clausen and Tony Pike. Also on the roster was Matt Moore, who got time as the starter and is only 26 years old.
While none of them performed exceptionally well, the QB position for the Panthers is loaded with young QBs. What they need is a veteran to help them reach their potential.
2. No Point in Having Multiple Developmental QBs
When Cam Newton comes into the NFL, he won't be ready to start. He comes from a simple, sort of improv offense from Auburn.
Clausen also needs to develop more and was unfairly thrust into the starter's role for a good part of the season.
It could be detrimental to Newton's development if he's given the reins immediately.
If the QBs on the Panthers depth chart are all developmental, who will start?
3. Dual Value from Patrick Peterson
Not only could Peterson be an immediate elite corner, but he utilizes his blazing speed in a different way as well.
Peterson is a superb kick/punt returner who would be able to bolster the return game and maybe take one to the house.
Newton would only be able to play QB, but Peterson has dual position value.
4. Too Many Holes on the Panthers Team to Select a Risk Such as Newton
Pictured above is Charles Johnson. He is not holding the team back by any means.
On the other hand, many other players are. The Panthers have tons of holes to fill and can only cover one of a variety of positions with their first-round pick.
Newton has tremendous upside, but also has bust potential.
Why not go with the sure thing in Peterson and know that the position he plays in will be set instead of risking a bust and setting your franchise back some years?
5. Patrick Peterson Is the Best Player in the Draft
Patrick Peterson is the real deal. Period.
There were several great cornerbacks such as Rod Woodson, Deion Sanders and Charles Woodson, who did not go No.1 overall.
But I bet the teams regret passing on them.
Peterson is the best player in the draft as he is the best cornerback prospect since Charles Woodson. He will be able to take the No.1 receiver out of the game.
If you have the No.1 pick, why not take the No.1 player?