2011 NFL Draft Results: Carolina Panthers News, Grades and Repercussions

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2011 NFL Draft Results: Carolina Panthers News, Grades and Repercussions
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Well, the Carolina Panthers have pinned their future to a rookie head coach and a rookie quarterback with only one season of major college football experience. Ron Rivera is a sound choice. He's coached some of the best defenses in the NFL over the past decade, and has already been oh-so-close to being handed the reins to a team.

Cam Newton, however, could be a different story.

Newton's selection as the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft comes with bus loads of naysayers. They should have picked Marcell Dareus or Patrick Peterson, they say, or traded down in the order.

What's done is done. Cam Newton has the inside track to becoming a starting quarterback for an NFL franchise, right or wrong. Jimmy Clausen won't just hand it over to him though.

The Panthers were one of only a few teams to sincerely attempt to address multiple major needs. They picked a quarterback, defensive and offensive linemen and a wide receiver. Whether those were the right picks or not is debatable.

Here are grades and the news for the Panthers 2011 NFL draft.

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