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Oooh, let the hate parade begin (comments below)!
Prediction: I catch more flak about this from Auburn fans than Carolina Panthers fans.
Other prediction: Cam Newton is Vince Young.
I hate to see it happen, because I've liked Carolina since they joined the NFL in 1995. But I don't like where this is going one bit.
I mean, how many red flags does a guy have to raise to lower his draft stock?
He may have cheated academically.
He may have stolen school property at Florida.
He may have been involved in a pay-for-play scandal.
He may be an attention-seeking diva in the making.
He may have had one of the worst performances of his career in the BCS Championship game.
Of course, if you're from Auburn (or apparently the Panthers' front office), this is all coincidence. And the fact that he's a run-first quarterback (mark my words, this will be an red flag for QBs in the next 10 years) doesn't bother you either.
I loved the breakdown of Newton on NFL Network.
To paraphrase from memory, they said he's not going to win games for you by himself without a strong supporting cast. But he'll keep you in games, and can be a winner with enough people around him.
Doesn't that sound like they just described the top overall pick as a game manager? Shouldn't you be able to count on the best player in the draft to win you some games? Especially when he's a quarterback?
Meanwhile, Mike Mayock "doesn't know if he cares enough," and that he might be "content to be a multi-millionaire who's pretty good."
So good luck with that, Carolina.