CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Panthers have selected
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft,
gambling that the Heisman Trophy winner will overcome questions
about his character and work ethic to become the first franchise
quarterback in team history.
A year after going 2-14 with the NFL's worst offense, the
Panthers on Thursday night bypassed safer selections such as
Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and LSU cornerback Patrick
Peterson for Newton, who dazzled in his only season playing major
The 6-foot-5, 248-pound Newton accounted for 50 touchdowns and
led the Tigers to the national championship last season despite an
NCAA investigation that his father concocted a pay-for-play scheme
during his recruitment.
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