Carolina Still Keeping Their First Overall Pick a Secret

The Panthers are keeping their plans for the first overall pick under wraps, as Pro Football Talk reports that the team is not settled on Cam Newton, and instead is torn between a couple of players including quarterback Blaine Gabbert and defensive tackle Marcel Dareus.

Last week, Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer seemed to be convinced that the Panthers had settled on Cam Newton as the player who’ll be taken with the top pick in the draft.

Now, Steve Reed of writes that support for Newton has diminished, with the “current odds-on favorites” being quarterback Blaine Gabbert and defensive tackle Marcel Dareus.

So what does any of it mean? It means that the Panthers are wisely keeping their options wide open, possibly in the hopes of being able to trade down a few spots and draft the best player who falls to them and then claim that he’s the guy they would have taken at No. 1.

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