Lombardi: Panthers should go Gabbert

As the NFL Draft draws closer, the consensus is building among our NFL insiders and analysts that QB  Cam Newton will be the first overall pick by the Panthers.

Four out of our last five mock drafts have Newton headed to Carolina. NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora believes it makes sense for the Panthers if next season is played under the 2010 league rules. A league executive told Albert Breer he would be “shocked” if Newton wasn’t the first pick.

But the polarizing Newton, like every other quarterback in a draft class where little consensus exists, isn’t without red flags. Analyst Mike Mayock, who lists Blaine Gabbert as his top-rated QB, has said throughout the draft process he’s sold on Newton the player. On Newton the person, not exactly.

Likewise, Michael Lombardi believes the Panthers would be wise to select Gabbert, and offered some perspective of the questions teams might have about the often criticized Newton.

“What worries me, and I think worries everybody, is Cam Newton the person,” Lombardi said. “Is he going to work hard?  Is he going to be committed?  Is the money going to spoil him?  Will he be dedicated to be the best player he can?  Will he take coaching as coaching and not criticism and not get down?  What kind of leader will he be for the organization?  Those are the areas that everybody’s most concerned with.”

We’re now two weeks away from finding out just how comfortable the Panthers are with Newton, on and off the field.

Guidelines: Fan feedback should be within the guidelines for the NFL community. These guidelines will be used to identify those comments that will be removed from display on the site. Please keep your comments relevant to the topic, not abusive or combatant towards other fans, and don’t share any personal details. Use the “Report” link to help keep the community at its best.

Comments may be no longer than 2000 characters and will post to the site shortly after submitting.

Powered by WordPress.com VIP | Subscribe (RSS)