NFL Betting Lines – Who Will Go First in the 2011 Draft?
Marcello Messina debates this year’s top draft pick, which belongs to the Carolina Panthers.
Northbet Numbers: Carolina Panthers were 4-12 ATS this season.
By finishing dead last in the NFL with an overall record of 2-14, the Carolina Panthers have earned the first pick in the 2011 Draft.
The question now is, with so much room for improvement at nearly every position on the squad, which position general manager Marty Hurney will aid first. The Panthers’ biggest problem in 2010 was their passing game. Their aerial attack – or lack thereof – also resulted in Carolina not being able to run the ball.
Carolina’s 27-year-old running back DeAngelo Williams carried the team in 2009 when he totaled over 1100 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns. His numbers took a significant downfall this season, as he didn’t even reach the 400-yard mark, and scored only one touchdown all season. His statistics also decreased by more than one yard per carry from 2009 to 2010.
The major cause for the Panthers’ poor offense was their rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Clausen was a very promising second round draft pick from Notre Dame who turned out to be one of the biggest busts (if not the biggest) of all 2010 draft picks.
In the 13 games he started last year, the 6’2” quarterback threw for just over 1500 yards, only 3 touchdowns, but 9 interceptions. He completed merely 52.5 % of his passing attempts and ended the season with a 58.4 passer rating.
In order to rectify the entire offense, Marty Hurner has shown great interest in signing the top quarterback prospect in this year’s draft, Cam Newton.
Newton is a 6’5”, 248 lbs monster from Auburn university that contains an extraordinary combination of size, speed and strength. At the Combine, he impressed scouts by running a 4.56 in the 40-yard dash. He has also proven himself a winner, winning national championships at JUCO and FBS levels during the previous two seasons.
Cam Newton would be a great first draft pick for the Carolina Panthers. Though, they would definitely need to bring in some form of veteran experience, so as to alleviate the issues that occurred with Jimmy Clausen. Some scouts have also identified Newton as being ‘selfish’ and ‘not a good teammate.’
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