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"If you can take a flier with the No. 1 selection, the Panthers just did it. Gush all you want about Newton's athletic measurables (jaw-dropping) and his college football body of work (two national titles, a Heisman Trophy), but I wouldn't have touched him at No. 1 with a goalpost.
"Newton is a walking red flag. I question his ability to make the transition from Auburn's 'Please-Cam-Make-Something-Happen' spread offense to a sophisticated pro playbook. I question his past. I question his future.
"Newton has a history of proving skeptics wrong and his trophy case right. But the Panthers overreached Thursday night. They just don't know it yet."
"It wasn't a debut, but a revelation. It was the kind of game -- even though his team lost -- that made you think, He can't make it look that easy, can he?
"Cam Newton can, and did. He wore his 2011 draft status on his jersey (No. 1), but didn't play like a rookie making his first-ever NFL regular-season start. He played like he's been in the league for years, not months."