Panthers draft Cam Newton with No. 1 overall pick in 2011 NFL Draft

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Carolina Panthers have used their top pick on a quarterback. The team has drafted Cam Newton with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Newton is the third straight quarterback, who were the No. 1 overall picks. In 2010, the St. Louis Rams drafted Sam Bradford with the top pick. Like Newton, he was a Heisman Trophy winner in college.

Auburn Tigers quarterback Cam Newton scrambles out of the pocket against the Alabama Crimson Tide
Cam Newton scrambles out of the pocket against the Alabama Crimson Tide (Getty Images)

Bradford won his Heisman Trophy in 2008, while Newton won in 2010. In 2009, the Detroit Lions used the top pick to draft Matthew Stafford.

It is very likely that he’ll be the team’s starting quarterback during the 2011 season and beyond. Jimmy Clausen was the team’s starting quarter for part of the 2010 season.

There’s a good chance if Newton pans out that he could be their starting quarterback for years to come. Only 50% of the draft picks in NFL history actually pan out, like teams hope they will.

Clausen went 157 of 299 for 1,558 yards. He also had three touchdown passes and nine interceptions.

In addition, he had 23 carries for 57 yards.

Newton comes to the Panthers after spending time with the Florida Gators, Blinn Community College, and Auburn Tigers. During his one season with the Tigers, he excelled.

He went 185 of 280 for 2,854 yards. He also had 30 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.

The Atlanta, Georgia native also put up similar numbers, while playing one season in 2009 at Blinn. He went 204 of 336 for 2,833 yards. Newton also had 22 touchdown passes and five interceptions.

While at Florida, he backed up superstar Tim Tebow and barely saw any playing time. He was just 6 of 12 for 54 yards with the Gators.

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