Cam Newton was the hottest topic of speculation leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft.
Would the physically gifted and equally troubled Newton be worth the risk of the first overall selection? Can a one-year wonder make it on the NFL level or will Newton turn out to be another Akili Smith?
Newton was able to put up the Tebow-esque numbers in 2010. That gets you a Heisman and a front row seat at most of the postseason award ceremonies, but unlike Tim Tebow, Newton only did it for one season.
One character questioning, controversy riddled, championship season in which Newton threw for 2,854 yards, 30 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions, while running his way to 1,473 yards and an additional 20 touchdowns.
Whether or not the Auburn quarterback was going to be the first overall pick has given way to more speculation.
Can a rookie quarterback coming from a simplified offense lead 2010’s worst NFL team into a season hindered by a lockout?
With a track record of stealing, cheating, and a larger than life personality that typically does not bode well for the longevity of a starting quarterback in the NFL, the more pressing question remains whether or not Newton is the right choice for the Panthers in 2011.