Peter King: Cam Most Compelling Figure In NFL

by: Nick Byerly
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Peter King joins The Drive and discusses the NFL Draft, the breakdown of the Panthers and his thoughts on the future of Cam Newton.

With the NFL Draft being held tomorrow teams are wrapping up their final thoughts on this Draft class. Players are starting to standout and others are starting to make their slide. Guys like Johnny “Football” and Jadeveon Clowney are among the top talk of this year’s draft choices. Many teams are still left questioning if they should make a choice on Johnny.

“If anybody in the first round has the opportunity to take Johnny Manziel and really needs a quarterback, I think they’ll regret not taking Johnny Manziel.”

But questions remain on many if not all the players in this draft. You can question motor, ethics, heart, size and strength in most of the guys.

“You don’t want to force it…..If you have any questions, why would you hand him the keys to the franchise.”

You have teams looking to move up and teams looking to move down to get “their guy”. In the Mock Draft that Peter King has released he has the Atlanta Falcons moving up to get Clowney.

“….they just don’t know if that special is going to show up on every snap.” This is all brought into account of Clowney’s work-ethic and drive.


The Panthers have their franchise guy in the quarterback of Cam Newton. But there are many challenges in other areas of this Panthers team. With the vacancy of Jordan Gross , fans are looking at the protection of Cam as being a top priority. “I think it could easily be a tackle.”

Other people are left shouting that the Panthers have to step up and take a wide receiver. Most mock Drafts have the receivers going early and often. “There is going to be a receiver that is picked late in the second round that is going to be better than reaching for a late tackle.”

This year Cam took the Panthers to the playoffs; this was his first playoffs experience in the NFL.  The maturation process that we have seen in Cam Newton is like no other. Peter King gave us his thoughts on what he thinks of Cam and his future:

“Intriguing and gigantic potential.” These are some of the first thoughts by people across the NFL and media market. “You look at his games and he reminds me of a pitcher….you always want to see him with the ball in his hands because you know he is clutch.”

Cam Newton is “Most compelling player in NFL right now.”


So as we look for the Panthers to make their moves in the Draft; Cam Newton has captured the eye of the league and the media, this will only help the growth of the Panthers franchise.


Thanks to Peter King for joining The Drive, to listen to the entire interview click on the audio at the top.

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