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08:07 AM ET 03.08 | New Panthers head coach Ron Rivera may have raised some eyebrows with his effusive praise of Cam Newton at the scouting combine, and his attendance at Auburn's pro day will add to the intrigue. Rivera will see defensive tackle Nick Fairley, too, but Fairley seems to have fallen behind Alabama's Marcell Dareus as the top interior lineman to be drafted in April. Newton, meanwhile, remains front and center on the Panthers draft radar. During Rivera's news conference in Indianapolis, the words that echoed were constant references to "franchise quarterbacks." He insisted the Panthers would pursue all avenues to find one but made clear they're looking for something the Panthers haven't really had.

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March 8, 2011  08:15 AM ET

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March 8, 2011  08:17 AM ET

If he's high on their radar, then they are high.

March 8, 2011  08:17 AM ET

This should be entertaining...

March 8, 2011  08:18 AM ET

It seems lately that taking a QB high is a waste.

March 8, 2011  08:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It seems lately that taking a QB high is a waste.

Bradford?????????

March 8, 2011  08:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Bradford?????????

There are some exceptions but Cam will not be one of them.

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March 8, 2011  08:36 AM ET

I think teams have been a bit spoiled with high pick QB's lately. Ryan, Flacco, Sanchez, Stafford, Freeman, Bradford. Tebow is the only one that is questionable and personally I like him. I think he will devote every last second he has to be a good QB.

Cam Newton seems like a combination of Tebow and Vince Young to me.

March 8, 2011  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

There are some exceptions but Cam will not be one of them.

Agree!!!

March 8, 2011  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Cam Newton seems like a combination of Tebow and Vince Young to me.

OUCH!

March 8, 2011  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

There are some exceptions but Cam will not be one of them.

That was what I was going for, it did not come out right. More times then naught a high QB pick is a waste, or so it seems.

March 8, 2011  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It seems lately that taking a QB high is a waste.

Crown (cam) me when its over....Go pick him, as Bugs Bunny said...
You'll be sorry!

March 8, 2011  08:57 AM ET

Don't think there is a clear cut #1 ...if you can't trade down you could take like 5-6 guys and Cam is one of them. Luck staying in school hurt them.

March 8, 2011  09:02 AM ET

This is a fishing trip and Cam is the bait. Cam the Canard.
They are hoping some team will call and take that pick off their hands.

March 8, 2011  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Don't think there is a clear cut #1 ...if you can't trade down you could take like 5-6 guys and Cam is one of them. Luck staying in school hurt them.

agree totally. but no one else wants to go first either. they should take the best defensive player on the board then they can use that first pick in the second round plus a four to move back in to the first round and still get a QB with as much chance as anybody of making it.

March 8, 2011  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

agree totally. but no one else wants to go first either. they should take the best defensive player on the board then they can use that first pick in the second round plus a four to move back in to the first round and still get a QB with as much chance as anybody of making it.

I'm sure the Patriots would be happy to trade for the 523043204320 time out of the first round for future pciks

March 8, 2011  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

This is a fishing trip and Cam is the bait. Cam the Canard.They are hoping some team will call and take that pick off their hands.

True. I don't see them getting another young QB with all they need.

March 8, 2011  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

This is a fishing trip and Cam is the bait. Cam the Canard.They are hoping some team will call and take that pick off their hands.

The games have begun... as they always do before the draft.

March 8, 2011  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

This is a fishing trip and Cam is the bait. Cam the Canard.They are hoping some team will call and take that pick off their hands.

SAdly the only time in the past several years the first overall pick seems to be traded is when San Diego has it....(Eli, Vick)
And as long as Norv is alive and kicking in SD....there is a chance they could be back

 
March 8, 2011  09:16 AM ET

It's shocking how the Panthers would disregard Cam's lack of character and choose him overall #1. Jerry don't pull the trigger on this cancer, you deserve better and so do your fans.

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