With fewer than three hours to go until the 2011 draft commences, the specific plans of the Carolina Panthers are unknown.
But Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that there’s a 99.9 percent chance that the Panthers will use the first pick in the draft on quarterback Cam Newton.
It makes sense. The Panthers needs a franchise quarterback if they ever hope to compete in the NFC South, which features Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Josh Freeman. And if the Panthers swing and miss on a franchise quarterback of their own now, they’ll probably have a shot at another one within two or three years.