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Looking further at the “Panthers will select Cam Newton” story

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This is how Tom Sorensen’s article in the Charlotte Observer starts Wednesday:

“The Carolina Panthers will select Cam Newton with the first pick in the NFL draft, or are working hard to convince the football world they plan to.”

We don’t want to call the article a “report” or a “column” because it’s a little unclear what it is.  We can deduce that there is a lot of Newton-to-Carolina information floating around, and Sorensen isn’t quite sure just yet what to make of it.

On PFT Live Monday, Florio said that he thinks it’s a smokescreen and that the Panthers ultimately want another team to trade up for the pick.

It’s hard to imagine the Panthers have made up their mind yet.  Blaine Gabbert has his Pro Day on Thursday, although there has been chatter that the Panthers aren’t in love with him.

NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi said Wednesday on air that the Panthers will decide this week between the two quarterbacks.

“One of those two men is going to be first pick in the draft,” Lombardi said.

That sounds about right.  But at this point, we’re not really sure about anything in this draft.

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7 Responses to “Looking further at the “Panthers will select Cam Newton” story”
  1. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Mar 16, 2011 7:17 PM

    ““One of those two men is going to be first pick in the draft,” Lombardi said.”

    Not a chance Gabbert goes number 1. Not even a prayer for him to go #1. I’ll pull for the Cowboys in the next ‘Skins/Cowboys game(I’m sadly a Skins fan) if Gabbert goes number 1. Heck I’ll buy a Cowboys Jersey and tape it to the back window on my car for a week. Ain’t going to happen.

  2. iknowfootballandyoudont says: Mar 16, 2011 7:29 PM

    Just a thought.
    Everyone knows that Tom Condon is the top agent, and he almost always has the top QB’s signed as clients (they usually request him).
    He didn’t want to sign Jarmarcus Russell and he doesnt want to and has not attempted to sign Cam Newton.
    Just sayin

  3. bigmikeyreturns says: Mar 16, 2011 8:18 PM

    Don’t feel bad about not fully grasping the journalistic style of Tom Sorenson. He’s a good guy, but quite often, the readers of his columns are left with the same conclusion of confusion: what?

  4. thefiesty1 says: Mar 16, 2011 9:00 PM

    Lombardi doesn’t have a clue. The Panthers probably will screw up the first pick anyway. Count on it.

  5. whatswiththehate says: Mar 16, 2011 9:32 PM

    iknowfootballandyoudont says:
    Mar 16, 2011 7:29 PM
    Just a thought.
    Everyone knows that Tom Condon is the top agent, and he almost always has the top QB’s signed as clients (they usually request him).
    He didn’t want to sign Jarmarcus Russell and he doesnt want to and has not attempted to sign Cam Newton.
    Just sayin
    ——————————-
    hmmmm…what are you trying to say is, if Cam had choosen Tom he wouldn’t have been so overly scrutinized by ESPN and the NFL crew and would have been permanently affixed on top of Mayocks top QB board?

    It feels like Tom is working over-time with getting his elite sports friends to push Blaine to the top of the Draft board..I’m just saying.

    The Panthers can have him. I’m sure the crazy fans won’t be wearing any Anti-Blaine tee-shirts…

  6. polishkingski says: Mar 16, 2011 11:02 PM

    PEOPLE GET CONFUSED BY THE WAY GABBERT MOVED UP THE DRAFT BOARD. ITS THE WAY IT HAPPENS EVERY YEAR. EVEN IF THERE WERE FIVE “SURE FIRE” QB`S AT THIS POINT IN TIME, GABBERT STILL GRADED REALLY WELL. MARK IT DOWN, THE KING SAYS BLAINE G IS GOING TO BE A VERY GOOD PRO QB. HOPEFULLY WEARING BILLS GEAR.

  7. reggb1 says: Mar 23, 2011 2:33 PM

    The debate about who is the best quarterback in the 2011 draft seems to be down to Auburn’s Cam Newton and Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert. It’s relevant in the NFC South because the Carolina Panthers hold the first overall pick and could end up going with a quarterback.

    With the help of ESPN Stats & Information, let’s take a look at the two quarterbacks. We’ll start by comparing them when throwing down the field.

    On throws of 15 yards or more in their respective conference games last season, Newton completed 49 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Gabbert completed 37.5 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

    Newton also held the edge last season when facing the blitz. We’re talking only conference games again, but here’s what happened when opponents sent five or more pass-rushers. Newton completed 73.5 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Gabbert completed 44.8 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

    Newton’s got a reputation for being mobile that’s backed up by his success throwing outside the pocket. In conference games, he completed 20 of 30 throws outside the pocket with two touchdowns and averaged 9.7 yards per attempt. In similar situations, Gabbert completed six of 20 passes with one touchdown and averaged 4.5 yards per attempt.

    Newton’s mobility has some people thinking he’s not a pocket passer, but the numbers tell a different story. In conference games, Newton completed 67.7 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. Gabbert completed 61.1 percent with nine touchdowns and four interceptions.

    One final note on Gabbert: He threw all 267 of his passes against Big 12 opponents after lining up in the shotgun.

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