NFL Draft 2011: Mel Kiper Thinks Carolina Panthers Had to Take Cam Newton
NFL Draft 2011 and Mel Kiper Thinks Carolina Panthers Had to Take Cam Newton
With the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, there was almost no question that the Carolina Panthers would take Cam Newton with the top pick.
While Cam Newton has a ton of risk involved with him, he also has a plethora of talent that could make him an elite quarterback in the NFL.
Newton may be raw, but the talent that he has is so immense that not taking him could’ve been a disaster for the Panthers organization.
Mel Kiper’s Analysis:
The Panthers got a player I had rated as the No. 15 overall player on my Big Board with the No. 1 pick, a guy even Newton's personal quarterback coach says should be given at least a year to serve an apprenticeship at the NFL level. And yet, of course you have to be intrigued with the potential of Newton. No player in the draft has such an array of physical gifts, and Newton is drafted at No. 1 because the Panthers know he has an extremely high ceiling. So it might be tempting to say it all comes down to Newton, but you can't, because the Panthers really did address a few needs once they got their man. They needed help at defensive tackle, and added two of them early. They needed a wideout and a corner, and hit those picks later as well. The Panthers now have tough decisions to make at the quarterback position, the kind that could see them back drafting this high again next year, but they did some good things.
I don’t see what everybody else sees apparently. I think Cam Newton will be out of the league within five seasons and he reminds me of JaMarcus Russell.
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