He’s big, fast, can sling the ball downfield and has leadership for ages. Cam Newton looks like a dream quarterback for the Carolina Panthers to build a new image around. If he’s so great, then why was he ranked so low on Mel Kiper’s Big Board and thought to maybe not even be a first round talent?
Newton has all the intangibles, but it's not how big or strong a quarterback is. It is how intelligent a quarterback is both on and off the field. Newton needs work in both areas and it may be better he never see the field in 2011, but that probably means Clausen will start and the coaching staff already has little faith in him.
A lot is invested in Cam, but there are five major areas in need of improvement if Newton is to be the next Panthers franchise quarterback.