The Carolina Panthers are next in our On the Clock series. That also means they’re last in the series because they hold the No. 1 overall pick.
Mel Kiper, Trent Dilfer and Chris Mortensen talk about what the Panthers should do with that pick and they don’t have any clear-cut answers. Although there has been a lot of speculation about the Panthers taking Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, none of the experts seem sold on that idea.
Dilfer points out that a quarterback who played in a spread offense in college might not be the ideal fit for coordinator Rob Chudzinski’s offense. Kiper and Mortensen talk about the possibility of the Panthers trading down and how a rookie wage scale could help make that easier.
All three say the Panthers might be wise to stay clear of Newton and Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert and go with a defensive player.