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Ron Rivera will head to Auburn, not Arkansas

With the Pro Day workouts at Arkansas and Auburn scheduled for the same day, coaches and General Managers will have to decide whether to eyeball Razorback quarterback Ryan Mallett or 2010 Heisman winner Cam Newton.

As we (OK, I) mentioned on PFT Live today, some teams may choose a destination based on the message that will be sent to other teams.

The team that holds the first overall pick doesn’t need to play games due to fear of being leapfrogged, but to the extent that the Panthers would be interested in trading the pick, there will be a certain amount of gamesmanship.

Game or not, Panthers coach Ron Rivera has picked Auburn, according to Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer.  With defensive tackle Nick Fairley also working out on the Auburn campus, there’s a chance that Rivera will be eyeballing both guys.

When Rivera visited PFT Live last month, he suggested that the Panthers will be based on defense and the running game.  At the Scouting Combine, however, Rivera mentioned the importance of having a “franchise quarterback.”

Though it doesn’t mean the Panthers will be picking Newton at the top of the draft, it’s not a good sign for Jimmy Clausen.

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18 Responses to “Ron Rivera will head to Auburn, not Arkansas”
  1. r8rsfan says: Mar 7, 2011 2:01 PM

    Either way he’ll hear banjo music from the moment he steps off the plane to when he boards his return flight.

  2. pm58 says: Mar 7, 2011 2:08 PM

    Anonymous said…
    QB 1, rookie year: 259 attempts, 47.5 comp.%, 7 TD’s – 14 INT’s., Rating 54.9

    QB 2, rookie year: 299 attempts, 52.5 comp.%, 3 TD’s – 9 Int’s, Rating 58.4

    QB 1 – John Elway, QB2 – Jimmy Clausen.

    Is anyone saying Jimmy Clausen will be John Elway? No. But how do you fully evaluate a QB based only on their rookie seasons? It used to be a QB had 3-4 years to develop, now there assessed on their rookie year and dismissed? You spend your 1st pick on a QB 1 year, and then use your 1st pick on a QB again the next year? If Carolina uses it’s first pick on a QB again in this years draft, will their 1st pick in next years draft be used on a QB if Newton, Gabbert, etc. is assessed on their rookie year?

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  3. conseannery says: Mar 7, 2011 2:09 PM

    By the headline, I thought this was going to be an article about Rivera pulling a Petrino. I actually felt bad for Panthers fans.

  4. We'reFineThere says: Mar 7, 2011 2:09 PM

    the $180,000 that keeps on giving

  5. lucky5927 says: Mar 7, 2011 2:15 PM

    What a waste of time to read this… like the Panthers would seriously consider Ryan Mallet at #1. I could definitely see them taking Mallet at the top of the 2nd round. According to that marvelous mock draft (cough, cough), he could still be available.

  6. tndiver says: Mar 7, 2011 2:20 PM

    I think there are more question marks about Cam Newton so it makes sense to want to see him in person over Mallet. Mallet also is not considered a #1 pick. Easy decision.

  7. giboxer5 says: Mar 7, 2011 2:29 PM

    PLEASE ANYONE in the first 3 picks take Cam Newton. Otherwise Mike Brown will undoubtably take him with pick #4. We’ve all seen how this one goes in Cincy. We REALLY don’t need Akili Smith jr coming here..Bengals already have enough problems without that!!

  8. mataug says: Mar 7, 2011 2:30 PM

    @conseannery, same here, that was my first interpretation also… but then I looked through the rest of the feed & there weren’t any Rivera stories there, so I figured it had to be draft related instead

  9. hnirobert3 says: Mar 7, 2011 2:32 PM

    I just had a “Bobby Petrino to Arkansas” headline flashback.

  10. jhorton83 says: Mar 7, 2011 2:37 PM

    Jimmy Clausen was a mid-2nd round draft pick. They don’t have much invested in him and consequently that makes him expendable. It would be a very different situation is he had been taken in the top 10 or even the 1st round.

  11. hobartbaker says: Mar 7, 2011 2:45 PM

    While the rest of the wild geese were headed north for the season, Ron led a flock to the south and the west.

  12. ncsteve83 says: Mar 7, 2011 3:04 PM

    lucky5927 says:
    Mar 7, 2011 2:15 PM
    What a waste of time to read this… like the Panthers would seriously consider Ryan Mallet at #1. I could definitely see them taking Mallet at the top of the 2nd round. According to that marvelous mock draft (cough, cough), he could still be available.

    Its going to be pretty hard to draft Mallet #1 in the second round if your the Panthers….because they traded that pick away last year to the Patriots.

  13. dexterismyhero says: Mar 7, 2011 3:48 PM

    So he is going to Alabama eh?

  14. lucky5927 says: Mar 7, 2011 4:11 PM

    Oh yeah… forgot about that. They would probably trade next year’s number 1 to move up in the second round. Their front office is full of natural schrewd negotiators.

  15. chargersfan4life says: Mar 7, 2011 4:33 PM

    I seriously doubt that the panthers take Cam Newton for the first pick in the NFL draft. If they draft a quarterback they are giving up on Clausen too early. They need to try to build the team around him, Steve Smith is not enough, draft A.J. Green for the first pick.

  16. oldbyrd says: Mar 7, 2011 5:28 PM

    I can’t see any college QB from this years crop playing for at least 2 years.

  17. cassrangers says: Mar 7, 2011 5:48 PM

    He’ll keep the press thinking that he’s looking at QB’s, but really he isn’t looking at Cam… he’s looking at Nick Fairley.. and he probably would be happy with either him, or A.J. or Bowers or Peterson… I mean, why wouldn’t you want people to think you want something they want? He’d love to trade down 4 or 5 spots and be happy with what he gets there… He’s not taking Cam… don’t panic lol

  18. blkmanwtan says: Mar 8, 2011 7:25 AM

    Starting qb for the panthers will be Donovan McNabb. They’ll draft Cam Newton and have him on the bench for a season. They groom him how the Eagles groomed Vick.

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