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SI’s King Has Panthers Taking Cam Newton at Number One


Peter King, long time writer at Sports Illustrated, is back with his latest Mock Draft, and he has Cam Newton going #1 overall to the Panthers, which seems to be the growing trend. Here’s Kings Draft below.

Owners and players are at loggerheads and the 2011 season is in peril—but the draft lives! And with the labor dispute putting free agency on hold, teams are looking more than ever to college talent to fill immediate needs, especially at the game’s most important position: quarterback

* Asterisk indicates projected trade

1 PANTHERS

WILL PICK

Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

SHOULD PICK

Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

Touchdowns scored in the NFC South last year: Atlanta 47, New Orleans 44, Tampa Bay 39 … Carolina 17. While you may not want to blame Jimmy Clausen for being in the wrong place at the wrong time as a rookie last year, you have to be skeptical of him after the Panthers’ offensive meltdown. Hard to pass on a player with Newton’s talent, even if the supporting cast in Carolina may not give him the chance to show it right away.

2 BRONCOS

WILL PICK

Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

SHOULD PICK

Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

Let’s get one thing straight: The 6’3″, 319-pound Dareus is not the second coming of Ndamukong Suh. No defensive tackle in this draft rushes the passer like Suh, but then again there’s rarely a defensive tackle in any draft who does. What Dareus will do is stop the run better than anyone Denver has, a good thing for a team that allowed 4.7 yards per carry last year. A safe pick for John Fox’s new 4–3, and the right pick.

3 BILLS

WILL PICK

Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M

SHOULD PICK

Anthony Castonzo, T, Boston College

Buffalo’s biggest needs are a left tackle and a run stopper, but those will be addressed in later rounds, because Miller’s potential is so great. He has the chance to be a double-digit sacker, the guy ’09 first-rounder Aaron Maybin hasn’t become. But projecting pass rushers is always risky. For a team whose QB was hit way too much last year, I’d rather have a Day One left tackle. Castonzo started 54 games at BC and was never overmatched.

Click HERE to read the Rest of King’s Mock Draft


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