I don't know what the Carolina Panthers will do with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, and any writer, broadcaster or personality that claims he does is pretending.
But Cam Newton's rise up the draft boards is not make-believe. The rare top-rated quarterback who was willing to pass and run at the NFL combine, he demonstrated confidence. He risked exposing his flaws. A player, especially a quarterback, gets points for that.
Things could change markedly by late April. But If I had to place a bet today, I'd bet that Newton will be the first pick in the draft. I'm not saying that the Panthers will take him. But I think somebody will.