Panthers Taking Look at Cam Newton
This was the same day the Panthers said Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton is among the eight or 10 players they could possibility choose with the first pick in the draft.
They can't be serious can they?
There are red flags all over Newton's career, from his departure at Florida to his father's issues with asking Mississippi State for money.
The Panthers are desperate, though. They are not sure if Jimmy Clausen is their guy or not and they are way behind division rivals at that position.
"Look at it throughout the league and franchise quarterbacks are what's happening in this league in terms of it becoming a passing league," Rivera said. "Teams that have those guys that can attack you vertically really I think are tough.''
There was also some of his behavior in games with Auburn where he would pose with fans and celebrate with fans after a touchdown before jumping into the arms of his teammates.
There is no way a made for media session in San Diego corrected all of Newton's flaws with the football. He throws off balance. His feet are not set with throws; he might just try and wing it with his arm.
I have said before, Auburn would have routed Oregon in the national championship game if Newton had made some plays. The Tigers' receivers abused the Ducks in the secondary, but the ball wasn't there.
Newton is not Carolina's franchise quarterback. The Panthers could use a wide receiver as much as anything, but they could also pluck a very good defensive back in Patrick Peterson with the first pick in the draft.