With the first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft the Carolina Panthers select.. to significantly harm Cam Newton's career. That should have been what Roger Goodell said from the podium.
It was seemingly no surprise that the Carolina Panthers drafted Cam Newton No. 1 overall in last night's draft. What was surprising is that the Panthers chose Newton despite already having two young quarterbacks on its roster, including one they selected with their first pick last year.
While the jury is still out on Clausen in terms of his career, I think it is a tremendous shock to give a signal-caller that short of a string, especially in a division you have very little chance of winning the very next year.
Add this to the fact that the team is bringing in a new coach with no experience bringing along a quarterback, especially one of Newton's abilities and limitations. With all that in mind here are several reasons why the Panthers should have made a different decision with their pick for Newton's sake (who deserved to go No. 1 overall in the right situation) and their own. Only a mother's love can help Newton get through a situation like this..