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Cam Newton had to be the pick for Carolina. Although it may have not been a sure-fire slam dunk, the selection of Newton dictates that the Panthers are committed to winning.
But many may ask why the Panthers took a player who has so a list of question marks surrounding him.
He only threw 280 passes with Auburn last season, he just burst onto the scene and he is perhaps the most controversial collegiate player in NCAA Football history.
And to that, I say so what? The Panthers had to take this risk. Why? Because...
—He has done nothing but win. Newton led Blinn College to the 2009 NJCAA National Title and then carried Auburn to the 2011 NCAA National Title.
—He had arguably the greatest season in college football history. Newton won the Heisman by the largest margin ever, he won the National Title and became just the third player to throw and run for 20-plus touchdowns.
—His ceiling is as high as the heavens. Cam is 6'5", 248 pounds, and can run through and over defenses. If he can learn to pass under an NFL-style offense, there's no telling how great he will be.
Not only does the pick give hope to Carolina, but it will give an immediate impact in the rushing game. In addition to having a mobile quarterback in Newton, the Panthers have perhaps the best running back combo in all of football with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.
With the exception of last season where Williams missed time, the Panthers have ranked third in the NFL in rushing offense for two years in a row, 2008 and 2009. When Williams is healthy along with Stewart and Cam Newton, the Panthers can literally run defenses off the field.