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I hope he keeps the 00 number
It was no surprise that Carolina took Cam Newton with the first pick of the 2011 Draft. Though Newton bounced around a few draft boards in January and February he was pretty much a solid lock at No. 1 by the end of March.
And with that pick it's safe to say the the Jimmy Clausen era in Carolina is over.
In spite of being the No. 1 overall pick, many experts believe that Newton isn't ready to start on opening day, if at all in the 2011 season.
The Panthers will need a stop gap.
With Clausen closing out the end of the 2010 season it's safe to say that the Panters do not have any faith in Matt Moore.
And it would be absolutely foolish to start Jimmy Clausen. Why, you ask.
Simple, if the Panthers start Clausen and he plays well if not great, then how do you justify benching him later in the season or next season in favor of Cam.
And if Jimmy plays so well that he becomes the franchise quarterback you've wasted a No. 1 overall pick on Newton.
In short the Panthers can't risk starting Clausen because of what could happen if Clausen actually plays well.
The Panthers are all-in with Newton and need a viable aging quarterback so no matter how well or bad he plays the transition to Cam will be easy and smooth.
Not to mention they need a good mentor to Cam since he comes into the league with preconceived "character issues."
At the quarterback position there are few who have carried themselves with grace and civility when being ridiculed as Donovan McNabb has.
There are people who continue to take shots at Cam and what better mentor for a QB under fire than McNabb.
He'll not only be able to coach up the rookie for his on the field debut, but will be able to teach him how to deal with unwarranted ridicule.
Likelihood of McNabb in Carolina 7 out of 10.