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Should Panthers take Cam Newton No. 1?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The growing consensus among NFL draft
analysts is the Carolina Panthers will take Cam Newton with the No.
1 overall pick.

Those pundits differ on whether that's a smart decision.

As the Panthers remain mum on what they'll do next week, there's
no shortage of advice. The most polarizing opinions involve the
quarterback who dazzled college football last season in leading
Auburn to the national title but carries plenty of off-field
baggage and concerns.

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. recently moved Newton to the top of his
mock draft, even as he questions Newton's work ethic and continues
to tout Carolina's Jimmy Clausen. Peter King of Sports Illustrated
has Newton going to Carolina, too. ESPN analyst Jon Gruden thinks
the same way and is bullish on Newton.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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