Newton not caught up in being Panthers’ starter

From the moment Cam Newton was drafted first overall by the Panthers last month, the conversation surrounding the quarterback has been if he should start from Day 1.

Newton: Wearing No. 2 ‘not a big deal to me’

Mercifully, it appears official. The “what number will Cam Newton wear?” mini-controversy is over.

Three and out: Newton a fantasy question mark

I also don’t see Cam Newton as much of a fantasy option, at least not as a rookie. If Newton does beat out Jimmy Clausen for the top spot on Carolina’s depth chart, he’ll be worth a late-round flier in deeper, seasonal leagues. But that’s about the extend of his fantasy value.

Photo: Cam Newton is first overall

Cam Newton is selected first overall at the 2011 NFL Draft.

Billick: Newton not a franchise QB

We are less than 24 hours away from having our most pressing question of the 2011 NFL Draft answered: Will the Panthers take Auburn QB Cam Newton with the top overall selection?

The bigger question, however, is if Newton has what it takes to be a franchise quarterback.

Irvin: Carolina needs players for Cam’s success

The question about Cam Netwon‘s ability to be a franchise quarterback is moot, according to our Michael Irvin. The true question is if Carolina has the players that will allow Newton to reach his full potential. Irvin talks about that and more.

Esiason, Long sold on Newton; not Collinsworth

You may not have seen the memo, but it is indeed mandatory for any draft conversation with members of the media to begin with a question about Cam Newton’s worthiness as the top overall pick in next Thursday’s draft. Such was the case Tuesday afternoon on a conferencd call with NFL analysts Boomer Esiason, Howie Long and Cris Collinsworth.

Lombardi: Panthers should go Gabbert

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

Wyche: Newton could be a Viking

In his latest chat, Steve Wyche tossed out the idea that the Vikings could think about trading up a few spots for Cam Newton if the Auburn QB slides at all.

Wyche mock: Panthers go QB, but not Newton’s Steve Wyche is projecting the Panthers going after a quarterback with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. But surprise, it’s not QB Cam Newton, but rather Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert. Wyche believes that Gabbert’s stock will rise after his upcoming pro day on Thursday.

Where will QB carousel end? Take a guess

At least seven of the top 10 teams in the 2011 NFL Draft are believed to be in the market for quarterbacks, but where will they end up? We are asking you the to submit your theories, hypothesis and tea-leaf readings.

Mayock: Newton ‘raw,’ still has work to do

The eagerly awaited Auburn pro day is over, and we’ve got plenty of analysts weighing on Cam Newton’s workout and what it could mean for his draft status.

Newton’s pro day shows why he should go No. 1

Consider Cam Newton a man of his word. And if I’m the Carolina Panthers, I would take this quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick.

Big crowd expected for Newton, Fairley workouts

They still talk about Miami’s pro day in 2004 when an estimated 125 NFL coaches, GMs and scouts showed up to see one of the best draft classes a school has ever assembled — six prospects who went on to get selected among the top 19 picks. It might get topped here today when Auburn holds its pro day.

Davis mock Top 10: Newton No. 1

Here’s a look at the top 10 from my latest mock draft I put together before the NFL Scouting Combine. This is subject to change, but right now it’s Cam Newton at No. 1 to the Panthers.

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