KC Joyner, who is one of our guys who really follows football on a scientific level, has a pretty strong opinion on Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.
I’m not a real scientific guy. I generally try to balance what my eyes and ears (talking to coaches, scouts and players) and factoring in how various guys might fit in various situations. But Joyner and I are in agreement on Newton.
Joyner is saying Newton is not worth the No. 1 overall pick for the Carolina Panthers. I think Newton’s got tremendous upside, but I also don’t think he’s the right fit for Carolina at this particular moment. I think there is too much downside with Newton, and any other quarterback in this draft, for Carolina to take a plunge with a very valuable pick.
I think they can get their quarterback via trade or as a free agent and address other needs with the No. 1 pick.