a. Take the best player available regardless of position- Patrick Peterson,
b. Take the best available and most versatile player at a premium position- Marcel Dareus,
c. Ignore the maturity and alleged drug issues and take the best QB on the board- Ryan Mallett,
d. Smoke a bunch of crack and then make a decision that will financially ruin their franchise.
Carolina went with (d) much to the delight of the rest of the NFC South (when in doubt on a multiple choice always go with (c) how do you think I passed the multi-state portion of the bar exam? Straight C's son just like my grades in Law School)
When looking at a QB here are a few rules that S&G will apply as soon as that GM job offer comes rollin' in.
1. You need the three M's- Mechanics, Maturity, Mental Ability- Tebow lacked proper mechanics. It is difficult to break old habits and re-teach the throwing motion (but not impossible). Tebow had more maturity than anyone since Peyton. Tebow also had lots of mental ability. Tebow's motion can be fixed and he has the maturity and mental ability to put in the work and learn. Newton on the other hand lacks all three M's. His mechanics are as bad as Tebow's, his Wonderlic didn't exactly set the world on fire, and his maturity is obviously wanting in a big way.
2. You need the three S's- Spin, Size, Strength- Spin is throwing ability and that means a combination of accuracy and arm strength. Newton and Tebow are both adequate on their spin but neither of them is Jay Cutler or Ryan Mallett. Size is self explanatory and Tebow and Newton have it in spades. Strength is not only the ability to lift weights but also the ability to take a hit and avoid injury. Tebow lived in the fire of the SEC as a starter for three seasons and his catch-as-catch-can style often showed little or no regard for his own body. He did suffer one concussion but he also played a lot more snaps than did Newton. Don't get me wrong...Newton has all three S's but you need the S's & M's (pun intended) and he is lacking all three M's.
3. QB, Center, and Middle LB are not instinct positions- so the Wonderlic test matters for these guys. Tebow has and will put in the necessary work to devour yet another new playbook for this season. Newton was given a 900 page play-book by the Panthers and chances are he can't even count to 900. ( FYI for the Panthers marketing department--try to avoid close-ups of Newton's face because he gets more cross-eyed the closer the camera gets and that ain't gonna help you when trying to convince the people of Charlotte that he is smart enough to read D's and be a starter).
4. Black scrambling QB's don't work out- McNabb became a passer but never a great one, Moon was a pocket passer, and McNair was a passer and more of an elusive guy than a scrambler. Unless a white scrambler learns to throw he won't make it either. Young, Tarkenton, and Elway became passers (well except for Elway he just learned to hand the ball to TD). Vick was the pinnacle of what a black scrambling QB could possibly be, but it was not until a stint in prison (not exactly a sentence you want to see attached to a number one overall pick) that he felt like he lost a step and started throwing more-- then he became a pretty good QB. A scrambler in college is able to key in on the guys that are not NFL caliber on the field. Even in the SEC where the D's are so deep and even on the elite teams like Alabama and LSU those guys are still on the field. In the NFL errrrebody is fast. All defensive players black and white starters and back-ups are all fast. They are all talented. There is no one on that field at any given time that is making it solely on hard work and force of will, they all have at least a little talent.
Off-field honesty issues, immaturity, selfish style, poor mechanics, poor down-field vision, lack of intelligence, a career spent in the shot-gun, excelled in a system that will not translate to the NFL, all the bad qualities of Vince Young, JaMarcus Russell, Mike Vick, Ryan Leaf, and Jeff George---what a deal for the Panthers with the number one pick.
The Romans also had another saying about Hannibal "Hannibal ante portas" which means "Hannibal is before the Gate." This became a popular Roman saying to refer to a situation being dire and with impending disaster. This is appropriate for the Panthers...."Newton ante portas" and disaster for that franchise is impending.