Take a look at the Carolina Panther’s. There is one thing missing: a Quarterback.
The Panthers have everything they need to win, but a QB. Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, and David Gettis have amounted to an outstanding receiving core, even without a QB. DeAngelo Williams may not be back next season, but look at how well Jonathan Stewart and Mike Goodson performed in his absence. The offensive line had troubles, but all that can be fixed this off-season.
It all falls down to the quarterback.
Ron Rivera has gone on the record saying he will obtain a new QB. He may draft a QB or trade for one, but nonetheless Rivera’s looking.
There are so many possibilities for a new QB out there:
Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert is probably the most talented Quarterback entering this years draft, unless Jake Locker proves himself at the Senior Bowl. Gabbert led the Missouri Tigers to a 10-3 season, including a win of then #1 Oklahoma. Watching Gabbert play, I see many things. He has intangibles, the kid wants to win. When he walks onto the field, he poises himself as the leader of that team, and he uses that to win. He had a bad game against Texas Tech, but as a Tech fan, I’m not going into that game. Gabbert has the accuracy that NFL QB’s need, but we can question his arm strength. Another problem with Gabbert, his unwillingness in the weight room. He has been known to show up to practice overweight and lazy. I don’t like this, it reminds me too much of JaMarcus Russell. Gabbert still has the NFL Combine to prove to us that he is worthy of our #1 Pick.
Cam Newton. 6 foot 6 inches and 250 pounds. Newton has all the potential of being the “New Era” of NFL quarterbacks. Heisman and National Championship, undefeated and underrated as a passer, this is what all the buzz is about Cam. Killer Cam has the potential to be the next NFL star, if he can work on his accuracy. If he can become a more accurate passer, Cam can be a bigger and stronger Mike Vick. Newton’s size and his versatility can prove to be a dangerous weapon in Carolina’s offense. Picture Cam in the shotgun with Smith, Gettis, and LaFell all wide. He takes the snap and the O-Line collapses. Cam has the choice now, run the ball with the power he has, or throw the ball down field with his uncanny arm strength. Newton will also bring the good media attention that so many NFC South fans say we lack. Overall, I think Cam Newton, if productive in the combine, can be the best quarterback in the draft. Hell, he may be the #1 pick.
Stay tuned, more draft possibilities will be discussed in later articles.