Saturday, April 30, 2011

Cam Newton will be an NFL bust!

The Carolina Panthers completely blew it by selecting Cam Newton with the first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. They may be paying $50 million (barring some collective bargaining change in rookie wages) to a guy who could become the next Jamarcus Russell. This pick did NOTHING to improve the Panthers.

If you are going to be forced to shell out all of those Benjamins, you may as well do it on a can’t miss blue chipper like Von Miller or Marcell Dareus and not a guy who has thrown just 292 career collegiate passes, played in 20 games and started in only 14 games, all in 2010 as an Auburn Tiger.

And let’s not forget that Newton operated primarily from the shotgun and for the most part made one read. If the primary receiver wasn’t open, he pulled it down and ran for daylight.

Do you think for a second that will work consistently in the NFL?

Maybe Newton will eventually adjust but with a player with such limited experience it will take a few years. The Panthers will probably show patience because the investment will leave them with no choice.

But will Newton have the patience?

Will a player whose supreme athleticism has carried him so far commit the time to film study and learning the nuances of quarterbacking in the NFL or will he like Russell take the money and run?

Running isn’t new to Newton. He ran from the University of Florida after being caught stealing a laptop and then later he faced suspension or expulsion after three incidents of academic cheating.

This pick has bust written all over it.

But there is a silver lining in this soon to be developing mess for Jerry Richardson and the Panthers. After what promises to be a long 2011 season, Carolina could land the No. 1 pick again in the 2012 NFL Draft.

And when they do maybe they can reverse their bad luck with Stanford’s Andrew Luck.


Anonymous said...

Cam Newton Accolades after 14 games:

First QB to throw for 400+ yards in back to back games

Fastest QB to reach 1000 career yards

Holds record for most rushing TD's by a QB

Accolades on pace to receive:

Rookie passing record

First QB to throw for 4000 yards and run for 500 yards in one season

First rookie QB to make pro-bowl since Dan Marino