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Jimmy Clausen: Why Carolina Panthers' 2010 Top Pick Provides Best 2011 Option
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April 28, 2011 is here. “With the first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers select Cameron Newton….” Though Jimmy Clausen texted Newton “Welcome to the team,” in his mind he was reminded of the times in his childhood where he was scared so bad he wet himself.

Clausen has every reason to be scared. Newton is a 6-5, 250-pound athletic freak, Heisman winner and National Champion. Clausen is about 6-2, light and barely succeeded in Notre Dame against teams like Air Force and Army.

Clausen is coming off a season where he threw only 3 touchdowns in 10 games and none were to receivers. Newton led comebacks against Alabama and Georgia, dominated the SEC, and made Tim Tebow look like an Average Joe.

Lastly, Newton was drafted first overall, while Clausen fell to the middle of the second round.

Surprisingly, Clausen may actually be the best option for Ron Rivera's team to succeed in his first year on the job.

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