The Panthers have narrowed their choices for the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s draft to quarterback Cam Newton, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, cornerback Patrick Peterson and wide receiver A.J. Green,team sources told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio on Wednesday.
Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said at Tuesday’s pre-draft news conference that the team is keeping all of its options open.
“We talk about different scenarios all the time,” Hurney said. “Ron and I have talked so much, we’ve talked more to each other than our wives about stuff.”
Hurney, Rivera and Panthers owner Jerry Richardson told Paolantonio they are convinced Cam Newton has what it takes to develop into a potential franchise quarterback.
Richardson told Paolantonio that he recently had a long meeting with Newton at the owner’s Carolina home and came away very impressed.