In a division that includes Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Josh Freeman, the Carolina Panthers hope their got the franchise quarterback of the future in Auburn’s Cam Newton.
Hard to argue with Newton’s stat line during his national championship run at Auburn — passing for 2,874 yards and 30 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. Newton also rushed for another 1,473 yards and 20 scores. Still, questions loom about off-the-field issues and his desire to be a great quarterback.
And the fact that Carolina just selected Jimmy Clausen in the second round last year makes this an interesting pick. Still, hard to pass on a talent like Newton.
The Denver Broncos are up next.