You have spoken loud and clear in the inaugural edition of “Call It.’’ We asked you to vote on which quarterback the Panthers should take with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
And the winner, in your eyes, was pretty clear. Auburn’s Cam Newton was the runaway winner with 47 percent of the more than 5,000 votes. Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert was No. 2 at 24 percent. “Other,’’ which I guess would include guys like Jake Locker and Andy Dalton, or not drafting a quarterback at all, drew 18 percent of the vote. Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett came in last at 11 percent.
From what I know, I think the Panthers are thinking the same way as most of our voters. They haven’t made a final decision, but I believe they are leaning toward Newton.
Even though the majority of you say Newton will be the pick, I’m getting a lot of notes in the mailbag from people who oppose such a move. The general theme from those people is that Newton’s background means he will be a bust. You could end up being right in the long run.
But, as I’ve said before, I think the Panthers are looking at the upside. They’re aware of the downside and just might be willing to step out of their old, conservative style and take a chance.
We’ve got our second “Call It’’ vote up, and it deals with Aqib Talib’s future in Tampa Bay. I’ll give this one a little more time for you to vote, and we’ll probably make a final analysis on what you have to say Tuesday or Wednesday.