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The book on Newton
Posted Apr. 23 at 10:03 PM
A few days from now, Cam Newton is likely to be the top pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, likely to the Carolina Panthers. The Charlotte Observer's Joseph Person breaks down the entire case for, and against, the signal-caller in an article today.
"There seems to be no middle ground" on Newton, writes Person. Panthers fans, like everyone else, appears to either love Newton or hate him, with talent, skills and character issues a part of every discussion.
Newton also figures to be a consideration for the top rookie in both dynasty and re-draft formats this year. A running back is usually a better bet, but if Newton starts from Day 1, his running ability and potential could make him as much of a fantasy difference maker as any rookie runner.
There was a report recently that the Panthers may -- or should -- select a defensive player with that top pick instead of Newton. I'm not placing a lot of stock in the idea. It sounds like an effort to draw some trade-up offers, either because they're not totally sold on Newton, or because they realize they need a lot of help, and may be better served by trading down a few spots, still getting an elite player, and adding a few more picks.
But like most everyone else, I think the pick will be Newton. And then the Panthers, and everyone else, will begin to find out if those who love him or hate him are right.
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