It took Schefter just over a month longer this year. In a Q&A for ESPN.com Insider, Schefter predicts that Auburn quarterback Cam Newton will be this April’s top overall selection.
In addition to Carolina’s quarterback need, Schefter explains that the Panthers “need to create buzz to sell some tickets.” A controversial prospect but with unquestioned physical tools, Newton gives Jerry Richardson’s organization the best chance to do just that.
The news isn’t shocking. Newton went first in our latest mock draft, and he’ll remain in the top spot when our next one comes out, too.
According to Pro Football Weekly draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki, “there remains interest in the league for (Clausen’s) services,” if the Panthers decided to trade last year’s No. 48 overall pick.