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We don’t have a Cam Newton-to-Panthers consensus quite yet

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Earlier this week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said he would estimate there was an 80% chance the Panthers will draft Cam Newton.  The fun part about this draft is that no one really knows for sure.

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, for one, isn’t convinced the Panthers will take Newton.

“I feel very strongly that Carolina would like to trade out of the No. 1 overall pick,” Mayock said on a conference call Wednesday.

If the Panthers keepthe pick, Mayock thinks they still might not take Newton.  He believes Marcell Dareus and Patrick Peterson would be the other options there, interestingly not mentioning A.J. Green.

It’s hard to imagine Newton falling far with Buffalo and Cincinnati sitting at No.3 and No. 4.

Still, it’s not a lock just yet that Newton will be a Carolina Panther.  Mayock has consistently put out one of the most accurate mock drafts before the draft.  If he’s not convinced Newton is the pick, we’re not convinced just yet either.

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19 Responses to “We don’t have a Cam Newton-to-Panthers consensus quite yet”
  1. zeckwreck says: Apr 20, 2011 3:27 PM

    How expensive would it be for a team to trade into the #1 overall pick? Let’s just say you’re Seattle…Would the #25 and their second round need a 4th rounder added or even more (i.e. next year’s)?

    I think this draft is pretty tricky in the sense that there aren’t any consensus #1 picks. The top-15 this year don’t really have a significant difference in upside than say #’s 15-25. If Smith or Liuget can be had at #25, is the talent level really that much different with Peterson or Bowers? Just curious what the PFT community thinks..

  2. Lou Pickney says: Apr 20, 2011 3:30 PM

    Marcell Dareus would fit a major need for the Panthers, but there have been very few indications out of Charlotte that the Carolina Panthers are leaning toward taking him at #1 overall.

  3. maverick0 says: Apr 20, 2011 3:38 PM

    Too much of a gamble if they stay at the #1 pick to take Newton. Could turn out to be the next Josh Freeman of even Warren Moon, but could also be the next Tavaris Jackson or Vince Young. Go with defense and take your chances on Andrew Luck next year.

  4. akhhorus says: Apr 20, 2011 3:46 PM

    Carolina is instituting a West Coast offense, why exactly would they want a raw, unready option QB who struggled badly with timing routes at the combine?

  5. skoobyfl says: Apr 20, 2011 3:51 PM

    Cam going first goes to show you that hard work & studying can payoff.

  6. psuphinphan says: Apr 20, 2011 3:58 PM

    The beauty of the draft is that we don’t know for sure until Carolina hands in their card. It is possible, though, that there won’t be a rookie wage scale and that Carolina hopes to sign Gabbert ahead of the draft for a deal that is as team-friendly as possible – and that they’re using alleged interest in Cam as leverage with Gabbert. There’s no telling what kind of “entertainer & icon” expense Cam & his dad will want included in his contract.

  7. whitetail28 says: Apr 20, 2011 4:06 PM

    They can trade down and add youth and still be building their team and be able to take Luck at number 1 next year!!! Great plan!!

  8. pantherpride52 says: Apr 20, 2011 4:07 PM

    The Panthers need to be smart and draft Patrick Peterson. We’ve got the toughest schedule in the NFL next year so our chances of picking #1 next year are pretty high. By taking the next great Dion Sanders this year it frees us up to take the next Peyton Manning next year and become a Super Bowl contender 3 years from now.

    Go Panthers!

  9. thefiesty1 says: Apr 20, 2011 4:26 PM

    Yes they do. The Panthers gave up on Clausen quickly (rightfully so). So they are going to take a huge leap and take Newton.

  10. davoider says: Apr 20, 2011 4:31 PM

    How expensive would it be for a team to trade into the #1 overall pick? Let’s just say you’re Seattle…Would the #25 and their second round need a 4th rounder added or even more (i.e. next year’s)?

    I think this draft is pretty tricky in the sense that there aren’t any consensus #1 picks. The top-15 this year don’t really have a significant difference in upside than say #’s 15-25. If Smith or Liuget can be had at #25, is the talent level really that much different with Peterson or Bowers? Just curious what the PFT community thinks..
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    I think your on to something here..

    I think there is very little talent different between the top 6 QBs and that none are worth taking top 5.

    I think there is very little separation between Green and Julio, between Dareus and Fairely or any of the top 3-4 DEs.

    The only true exception I would point out is Patrick Peterson. I think he is easily the best player in the draft and the best CB prospect to come out since Champ Bailey. While there are several other very good CBs that are 1st round worthy, Peterson stands a class above.

  11. thespeaker08 says: Apr 20, 2011 4:38 PM

    As a Panthers fan, I must say this:

    For 15 years we have wallowed in our sub-par QB misery. Cam Newton will not change that – he will only prolong it another 4 years. With a much stronger QB class next year, we should wait and build a team for a QB to work with and learn from.

    If we draft Newton #1, I will quit the Panthers. I can’t stand this insufferable ignorance in leadership another 4 years. I can’t.

  12. lgbarn says: Apr 20, 2011 4:49 PM

    By taking the next great Dion Sanders this year it frees us up to take the next Peyton Manning next year

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    Who is this Dion Sanders guy you speak of???

  13. dietrich43 says: Apr 20, 2011 5:40 PM

    If Cam doesn’t go in the top 3 picks, he’ll be taking quite the pay cut.

    Carolina is probably hoping that if they seem really, really interested in Cam that some team will be crazy enough to trade up to get him. Paging Mike Brown, paging Mike Brown.

  14. tformation says: Apr 20, 2011 5:55 PM

    The problem with trading down is that you need a team willing to trade up. Not sure that anyone’s willing to pay that price this year (again).

  15. cpanthersfan says: Apr 20, 2011 6:48 PM

    I am a Panthers PSL owner and I really hope we draft Peterson…why not he’s the best player in the draft at a position we need…sounds easy to me. I am hoping all of the perceived Cam Love is a smoke screen to generate interest for a trade. One interesting idea, and I am definitely an Andrew Luck advocate, is to trade this year’s first rounder to someone we know will suck next year (besides us of course) for their second rounder this year and their first rounder next year (and make it work with other late round picks or later year picks if necessary, since players cant be traded this year). This would almost assure us that we’d probably have two early picks next year doubling our chances of getting the #1 next year, and if not, it would arm us w/ two first rounders affording us plenty of trade bait to whomever lands the #1! Now I know thats crazy and really mortgaging the future and placing a lot of stock in Luck, but to me its worth it. Especially in a weird year like this w/no CBA and no clear cut #1. I really think this would be enough to entice another team to trade up at this point. Unless of course you can get someone to just swap first and second this year for the #1 but I aint seein that happenin

  16. the7thpolymath says: Apr 20, 2011 6:59 PM

    Players in the NFL with playmaking prowess are highly sought after, henceforth a player of Cam Newton’s ability deserves serious consideration! Those of you insisting that Newton shouldn’t be considered based on a falicy that he’s an inaccurate passer or he lacks the desire to be great are coming off as foolish! He won the national championship and passed for 30td’s w/66% completion in the SEC. Its your right to be biased but not blind!

  17. swpstks says: Apr 20, 2011 6:59 PM

    “We don’t have a Cam Newton-to-Panthers consensus quite yet”
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    Duh cuz he goin to the Bills at 33

  18. whatswiththehate says: Apr 20, 2011 7:09 PM

    Not for nothing, Mayock has been rallying for Blaine to be the first QB off the draft board since Tom Condon became his agent. Do u feel his opinion is coming from a place of knowledge or preference. Even more telling are the two other Tom Condon clients, Peterson and Darius, to be chosen instead. I guess the under the table check hasn’t. And why am I not surprise how PFT worship everything that those folks at ESPN and NFL say even when they are wrong. Am I cynical? Yes…

  19. 52sackmachine says: Apr 20, 2011 7:21 PM

    I would pass on taking a qb with the pick you just don’t give up on Claussen, unless your stupid, and admit you made a mistake. Then again that is what carolina did when they traded with New England last year. If Carolina, can’t get a trade partner, and still sitting at number 1 you take peterson. However, then they need to address taking a WR at somepoint in the draft since Steve Smith isn’t getting any younger. A.J Green to me is a risk, I would look further along in this draft for a WR. Defense wins games, and if you can’t stop other teams offense you won’t win. Same can be said if you can’t find enough playmakers on offense to move the ball. Cam like someone said earlier could be good player, or bad. But after taking Claussen last season, no need to take a QB this year. Especially since they could have number 1 pick again next season.With Andrew Luck available.

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