Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com is hearing the same information, with one key warning to keep in mind.
“Owner Jerry Richardson still isn’t completely sold on Newton,” Freeman writes. “Still, Richardson will likely defer to his personnel staff, and many of them have met with Newton, and like him.”
Freeman hears the Panthers are also “enamored” with wideout A.J. Green, who was one of the three players the Charlotte Observer believes was in the mix for the top overall pick. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said Tuesday he’s not convinced the Panthers will take Newton just yet, believing they may prefer to trade down.
Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly, meanwhile, says the Panthers want a second round pick to move down. He believes Carolina’s decision will come down to Green, Patrick Peterson, and Marcell Dareus.
We’re not really sure who is on point here, just that misinformation season has truly started. Newton looks like the favorite to go No. 1; the larger question is whether the Panthers will be the team to take him.