2011 NFL Draft: Should The Carolina Panthers Take Cam Newton With No. 1 Pick?

Matt WagnerCorrespondent IIFebruary 13, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - FEBRUARY 10: 2010 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Cam Newton of Auburn throws the ball during his workout routine for the media at Cathedral High School's sports stadium on February 10, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent Horner/ Getty Images)
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On February 10, former Auburn quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton displayed his abilities for the media during a 45-minute workout session.

While Newton reportedly was spectacular during the session, will this performance earn him the number one overall selection come the 2011 NFL Draft?

The first pick in the draft belongs to the Carolina Panthers—who, following a horrible 2-14 record last season which was marred by inconsistent quarterback play, definitely are in need of a permanent signal-caller.

Here is where Newton comes into the picture.

Following a historic season in which he amassed approximately 2,854 passing yards and 30 touchdowns in addition to another 1,473 yards on the ground and 20 touchdowns, a Heisman Trophy and a BCS National Championship Game victory, it seems obvious that if the Panthers draft Newton all their quarterback problems would be a thing of the past.

However, if you look a little closer, drafting the Auburn product could be a detriment to the Panthers.

The Carolina Panthers have the least-experienced quarterback group in the NFL, a group which consists of disappointments Matt Moore and rookie Jimmy Clausen, and another rookie in Tony Pike, all young talent which did not pan out.

What the Carolina Panthers need in regards to the quarterback position is an experienced player with a history of success in pro-style offenses.

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Throughout his college career, Newton only started one season of major college football, and in that one year at Auburn University, the Tigers ran the spread offensive scheme as most of their snaps were in the shotgun formation.

During the workout, Newton struggled a bit with the drop step as he threw off his back foot multiple times, prompting some criticism from Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon after the session.

"He wasn't transferring well. He was throwing leaning backward. Even though he has a very strong arm, I don't care how strong of an arm you have, if you're not in the right throwing motion, you're not going to get good accuracy on the football, the ball is going to go high on you. As soon as he gets that weight transferred, he throws the ball as accurately as anyone you've been around."

This proves that Newton has potential, but he will take some time to develop. The Panthers need an immediate solution to their quarterback conundrum in order to succeed. Newton, at this stage in his development, is not the answer for the Carolina Panthers and he could become fools' gold if Carolina drafts him.

As for who the Panthers should pick, I believe the Panthers should acquire Da'Quan Bowers—a defensive end from Clemson who can be a boon for the Panthers pass rush—and could serve as a good replacement for Julius Peppers, whom they lost to the Chicago Bears last offseason.

In terms of solving their quarterback issues; in my opinion their is nobody suitable in free agency and Carolina should consider trading Jonathan Stewart who, despite a disappointing 2010 campaign, could make good trade bait for other NFL teams.

Simply put, the Carolina Panthers are in a horrible situation as of now, starting with the quarterback position and despite the almost unprecedented hype surrounding him, Cameron Newton is not the solution to the Panthers' problems.