The 2011 NFL draft won't begin for another hour but it appears the Carolina Panthers have found their man. As everyone has been predicting for several weeks now, the Panthers will select QB Cam Newton at 8:04 p.m. (ET) when they officially go on the clock.
ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, who just spoke with Panthers GM Marty Hurney, said the Panthers are at piece with their decision.
"Jerry Richardson the owner of the team met with Marty Hurney the general manager and the head coach Ron Rivera and he signed off on the proposal of drafting Cam Newton, who he met with in his home for many, many hours and was very impressed with."
Also worth noting: the Panthers say they haven't received a single offer for the No. 1 overall pick. Not one. That's a little surprising given all the trade talks that go on during draft season.
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